Candice Marie Benbow joins Gardner Literary

We are excited to announce the newest member of our team!

Candice Marie Benbow is a writer who has written for various outlets including ESSENCE, Glamour, Religion News Service, VICE, Andscape at ESPN and the Me Too Movement. Her first book, Red Lip Theology: For Church Girls Who’ve Considered Tithing to the Beauty Supply Store When Sunday Morning Isn’t Enough, was released in 2022. She is also a highly sought after ghostwriter and writing coach.

Rachelle Gardner, founder and president of Gardner Literary, says, “Candice is a natural leader with her finger on the pulse of our current culture. Her eye for important topics and her passion for mentoring writers make her a natural for the role of literary agent. Having been her agent for several years, I’m excited to work with Candice in a new capacity and I’m confident she’ll build a successful client list and serve her authors well.”

Benbow situates her work at the intersection of faith, feminism and culture, and amplifying underrepresented voices within publishing is her deepest motivation. Moving forward, she plans to focus her efforts on representing authors of nonfiction, with particular interest in pop culture, memoir, leadership and Christian living, including Bible studies and devotionals.

Welcome, Candice!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!