The Tuesday Agency is a full-service lecture agency exclusively representing a premier group of professional speakers including; authors, journalists, historians, artists and scholars of the highest regard.
Based in Iowa City, Iowa, home of the world renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop and the first city in North America designated by the United Nations as a "City of Literature," The Tuesday Agency is dedicated to the literary arts and to thoughtful dialogue.
The speakers you see here on this website and in our catalogs are all represented exclusively by our agency and can't be found anywhere else. Though because of our experience and relationships we are able and happy to assist you in securing any speaker on any subject that is of interest to you – even if you don't see them here.
Trinity Ray is a father, husband, brother, son, avid reader and President of The Tuesday Agency (not necessarily in that order).
He's spent twenty years in the lecture industry, as an event coordinator, agent and as a program director. For ten years he was Vice President at a large lecture bureau in Boston. Trinity served in the United States Army Reserve and received his BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa.
Among other things, he has run the Boston Marathon, rode cross-country in a semi-truck, won second place in a chili cook-off and first place in a yodeling contest.
Kevin Mills prefers to spend his free time in dusty old bookstores and thundering old concert halls. He is Vice President of The Tuesday Agency.
Before joining the agency, Kevin lived for six years in Las Vegas. There, as a public school teacher, he had the privilege of sharing literature and language with students in one of our nation’s most challenging school districts. Having grown up in rural Nebraska, Kevin has traveled many roads, living at times in Nashville, Chicago and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, The University of Iowa and Illinois State University.
Sarah Mannheimer grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. At age 19, she hopped on a plane for New York City where she earned a BA in English and Women’s Studies from Montclair State University. She later worked in the New York publishing industry and as a lecture agent at a speaker’s bureau in Princeton, New Jersey.
Eventually Sarah returned to the Midwest where she produced literary events, music and food festivals, public debates, and a lecture series. She joined The Tuesday Agency in 2018 as a senior agent responsible for managing corporate relationships.
Sarah can often be spotted browsing the local comic book shop, listening to live music, or waiting in line for the latest Marvel film.
For the last twenty years, Rachel Yoder has been deeply invested in the national literary community as a writer, editor, and arts administrator. In 2019, Rachel joined the Tuesday Agency to develop and work with literary markets.
Rachel currently serves as the Literary Programming Director for Mission Creek Festival, a music and lit festival based in Iowa City, and as a board member for the UNESCO City of Literature. In 2010, she founded draft: the journal of process, which publishes first and final drafts of stories, essays, and poems along with author interviews about the creative process.
Rachel holds MFAs in fiction and nonfiction from the University of Arizona and University of Iowa, respectively, and earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Alexa Starry once spent a weekend meditating with Buddhist monks, swam with elephants in a Thai river, and can make a mean Old Fashioned.
She started as an intern at The Tuesday Agency in 2016 while she was a student at the University of Iowa. During undergrad, Alexa was a contributor for Fools Magazine, an Iowa City-based literary, arts, and culture publication, and was also involved in editing and designing chapbooks for the inaugural Iowa Chapbook Prize series. After graduating from the university with a BA in English on the publishing track, she chose to stay in Iowa City to work as an editorial assistant at The Tuesday Agency.
When she’s not at the office, Alexa can be found reading, writing, or bartending in downtown Iowa City.