Storm Literary Agency

Boutique literary agency representing quality children's literature from exceptional authors and illustrators

First, there was a  teacher who loved books almost as much as she loved little children. Then, there was an artist who loved pirates, almost as much as he loved cats. As it turns out, that artist could also write, and that teacher loved the pirate stories he wrote. And she shared those stories with the children she taught. The children loved the pirate stories; they also loved the cats. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. They also wanted an adventure! And the stories gave them so many adventures! And that is that: Storm Literary Agency came about because it needed to. The children requested it. And so did the cats. 

Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here.

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow


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Jamilah directs community writing programs for youth in Philadelphia, PA where she lives with her incredibly supportive husband and two boys. She enjoys simple things like going on walks with loved ones in her neighborhood, snuggling with her kids to watch a movie, and reading favorite books again and again. She also loves learning about culture and identity and enjoys exploring her background as a Muslim, Black American, and West African in her writing. 

Jamilah is passionate about educating youth and she worked for over a decade as an English teacher and curriculum writer in the fields of literacy and anti-racism for educators and youth of all ages. She cares profoundly about using literacy to attain social justice, empowerment, and representation. 

Jamilah is a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators and has formed some of her strongest friendships through SCBWI and various online writing communities. She lives vicariously through the MG and YA characters in the literary novels she loves to read and she has a special love for picture books. She dreams of bringing the griot tradition she has inherited to the works she produces.