Allie Merola joined Viking Penguin in 2018. She assists Paul Slovak and Lindsey Schwoeri on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles. She is drawn to narrative nonfiction and essays, particularly fresh, genre-bending explorations of pop-culture phenomena and subcultures; fiction with a suspenseful or satirical streak; and poetry that is intimate and disarming. At Viking Penguin, she has worked with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Patricia Lockwood, Ruth Ozeki, Amor Towles, Rebecca Solnit, Alejandro Zambra, Flynn Berry, Sunjeev Sahota, You-Jeong Jeong, and more, as well as poets across the Penguin list, including Garous Abdolmalekian, Paul Tran, Phillip B. Williams, Carrie Fountain, Rio Cortez, and Zeina Hashem Beck. Raised in Ohio (but mainly on the internet), she is a former editorial intern at Yale University Press, Words Without Borders, and David R. Godine, Publisher.