Martha Wydysh graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in English literature and attended the Columbia Publishing Course in 2014. As an undergraduate, she spent a year at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University studying British literature and creative writing and was a staff writer for the Cornell Daily Sun’s Arts & Entertainment section. Before coming to Trident, Martha worked as a literary assistant in subsidiary rights at a major agency, selling audiobook and serial rights for all clients at the agency. She came to Trident in 2016 to work as Magazine Rights Associate and Executive Assistant to Ellen Levine, and was promoted to Associate Agent in 2019. At Trident, she loves placing short stories, book excerpts, articles, and essays with magazines and literary journals on behalf of Ellen’s clients and also selling audiobook rights to their work. She has placed work by Ellen Levine’s renowned clients with The Paris Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Playboy, n+1, Guernica, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Tin House, and The Believer.
Martha is now co-agenting select titles with Ellen and is working to build a client list of her own. She is seeking primarily literary fiction in addition to upmarket commercial fiction and thrillers (psychological and domestic). She is also interested in representing select narrative non-fiction, memoir, and humor projects. You can follow her on Twitter @mlwyd.