Roz Foster

Roz is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Based in upstate New York, with a BA in English literature from UC San Diego, she studied philosophy for a year at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and earned her MA in English, with an emphasis in composition & rhetoric and creative writing, from Portland State University. At PSU, she taught writing in exchange for tuition. She began learning French in 2009.

Roz spent over five years as a qualitative researcher in high-tech consumer products marketing. In 2008, she co-founded a web design company for which she provided non-profit organizations with audience-focused market research, project planning, and digital design. She joined SDLA in 2013.

Roz is interested in nonfiction in the areas of politics, current affairs, history, business, technology, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, science, design and memoir. She looks for driven, narrative storytelling and big, bold ideas with national and international, appeal. She's also interested in adult literary and commercial fiction, especially contemporary, multi-cultural and crime/mystery/thriller.  She looks for fiction with a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Across the board, she's looking for books that make her feel that the author is tuned into a rising revolution — political, cultural, sociological, or whatnot — which is about to burst on the scene.

Recent sales include historian Michael Honey’s To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King’s Unfinished Agenda (W.W. Norton), historians Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts’s Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy (The New Press), historian Arthur Eckstein's Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI and Lost the Revolution (Yale University Press), urban scholar Alessandro Busà's The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite (Oxford University Press) and prison rights advocate Cecily McMillan's memoir The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan: an American Memoir (Nation Books).

Please note that Roz is specifically not interested in: sports, cookbooks, screenplays, poetry, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, new adult, young adult or children's books.