Mission Statement

A project supported by Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program, The Center for Nonfiction connects publishing industry veterans to academics, students, and authors based in Harlem and Washington Heights. Through mentorship and materials, the Center provides insight into how to select topics, structure book proposals, craft samples and anticipate needs of agents, editors, publishers, and readers.

Kevin O’Connor, Founding Director

A 1992 graduate of Columbia College, Kevin was named an A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar by Columbia University for 2019–2022.

With experience from Sesame Workshop, Barnes & Noble, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kevin has a long history in educational media, focusing on the intersection of content and business. He’s been a boutique literary agent since 2015.

Kevin O’Connor in 2021.