Raised in the suburbs of New York, Paul received a degree in Literature from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2003, where he specialized in the incredibly useful fields of Modern Canadian Poetry and Early Modern Theatre. He appreciated the diversity of culture, language, politics and ideas, as well as the proximity to skiing in the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Laurentians of Quebec.
Surprisingly, Paul managed to turn both his university degree and his favorite hobby into a career path when he joined the literary agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 2007 as a legal assistant and continues to work as a literary agent. He is particularly interested in literary non-fiction, science-fiction and books on pop culture. Paul’s time as a Shapiro Fellow increased his interest in political and religious discourse and he hopes to spend more time working with such writers going forward.
A cold-sports lover at heart, Paul spends free weekends in Vermont (though they are a fewer and farther between than they were in his McGill days); assists writers, artists, galleries and non-profits with issues about representation; and hopes to make a career of reading books, building relationships and expanding communication between writers and audiences. If presented with the opportunity, he would winter in the mountains and summer in air-conditioning.