Allie Merola joined Viking Penguin in 2018. In addition to assisting Lindsey Schwoeri, she acquires fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles. She is drawn to narrative nonfiction and essays, particularly fresh, genre-bending explorations of psychology and popular culture; fiction—especially with a suspenseful or satirical streak—that interrogates our political, social, and moral convictions; and poetry that is intimate and disarming. She has worked with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors including Ruth Ozeki, Rebecca Solnit, Alejandro Zambra, Amor Towles, Patricia Lockwood, Flynn Berry, Bianca Bosker, Sunjeev Sahota, Jacqueline Crooks, and more, as well as poets across the Penguin Poets list, including Terrance Hayes, Phillip B. Williams, Joshua Bennett, Paul Tran, Carrie Fountain, Rio Cortez, Garous Abdolmalekian, Zeina Hashem Beck, Su Cho, and Adrienne Chung. Raised in Ohio and on the internet, she is a former editorial intern at Yale University Press, Words Without Borders, and David R. Godine, Publisher.