Samantha Haywood, President of Transatlantic Agency is pleased to announce that Chelene Knight has joined Transatlantic Agency as Associate Agent and is actively building a client list of fiction writers and memoirists in collaboration with its Senior Agents.

Says Haywood: “Chelene Knight is an impressive and valued publishing professional and author. Knowing her and working with her, I have every confidence that Chelene will become a successful literary agent. She brings the rare experience of being on the other side of the table as well, as an award-winning author herself, and author consultant with her company Breathing Space Collective. We are delighted to have her become part of the talented team of Transatlantic literary agents.”

Chelene Knight came into agenting after years of working on the editorial side of publishing and in the magazine industry. She is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Knight has juried for many literary prizes, including the Amazon First Novel Award. Knight was the previous managing editor at Room magazine and festival director for the Growing Room Literary Festival in Vancouver and she teaches poetry at the University of Toronto online. Knight has a strong editorial background and has worked as a substantive editor for manuscripts in literary fiction, historical fiction, hybrid and traditional memoir, and most recently, children’s books. She is also the founder and CEO of Breathing Space Creative Literary Management. Knight often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. 

As an Associate Agent she is primarily interested in literary fiction and memoir and has a soft spot for gritty stories where human nature, resilience, and experience take centre stage. The “grit” lends its qualities to books where the story and its characters have some of the roughness, imperfection and complexity of the real world.

Chelene can be reached for submissions at