Kharys Ateh Laue is a South African writer, researcher, and editorial agent. She holds an MA in English Literature from the university currently known as Rhodes and taught English in South Korea for two years. Kharys is currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town.
Her work has appeared in various national and international journals, such as Jalada, Botsotso, Brittle Paper, Down River Road, Cleaver Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, and New Contrast. Her creative nonfiction piece “In Ward G” was nominated for the 2021 Best of the Net Anthology. In 2017, she was longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa Prize and published in ID: New Short Fiction from Africa. Her academic work, which focuses on the depiction of race, gender, and animals in South African fiction, has been published in English Studies in Africa, Scrutiny2, and Journal of Literary Studies. Kharys will be the Nonfiction Editor of the new South African based literary journal, the Hotazel Review (forthcoming in May 2021).
What I’m Looking For
As an editorial agent, I’m seeking literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir writing. I look for authenticity, depth, and complexity in the literary work I represent. I’m especially interested in writing by, or about, women, people of colour, and the LGBTQ+ community.
I place a strong emphasis on how a story is told. I love writing that plays with language and pushes boundaries, that inverts and revises common tropes, that brings new perspectives to lived human experience. I’m most drawn to experimental, minimalist, and lyrical writing that explores themes of sexuality, race, gender, and the animal. I want old stories told in a new way. I want clear, muscular prose.
Some of my favourite authors include Claudia Rankine, Lily Hoang, Jesmyn Ward, Maggie Nelson, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Tina May Hall. To get an idea of the kind of writing I’m looking for, I’d suggest reading some of these authors’ work.
I don’t represent genre fiction, so please do not send me romance, science fiction, crime, fantasy, horror, or erotica.