Comping White

For the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), I wrote about racial discrimination in publishing and “the most important data you’ve never heard of”: comp titles.  Please, don’t take my word for it. These data are provocative, but “these numbers shouldn’t surprise us. Writers of color have long spoken and written about their experiences of discrimination in…

MLA 2019: Bookish Transactions

I’m excited to be presenting some of my ongoing work on literary agency at MLA 2019 this January, on a roundtable with some of my favorite thinkers. Our panel, Bookish Transactions, has been included in the Presidential Theme, “Textual Transactions.” We’ll be thinking about digital publication from a variety of vantage points, including media studies, computational analysis,…


On May 5, 2018, I successfully defended my dissertation, Middlemen: Making Literature in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates. Yours, Laura McGrath, Ph.D.