About Howland Literary

Howland Literary was founded in the fall of 2018 by Carrie Howland after two years with Empire Literary and eleven with Donadio & Olsen. Howland seeks to represent authors who have been marginalized within the publishing industry, and we are looking for diverse voices, #ownvoices, and LGBTQ+ writers especially.

Carrie Howland


Carrie Howland founded Howland Literary, LLC in 2018. Previously in 2016, she worked with Empire Literary after eleven years as an agent at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents adult literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, middle grade, and select picture book authors. 

Carrie is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives as well as SCBWI. She also enjoys speaking at various writing conferences throughout the year.  

Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines. 

In her spare time, Carrie volunteers as a foster for a local dog rescue. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Carrie has been featured in several publications discussing her work as an agent including Poets & Writers, SCWBI insight, Akashic Books, and Slice Magazine.

For non-submission inquiries, she can also be reached at carrie@howlandliterary.com

Carrie is accepting submissions for: adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction as well as young adult and middle grade books. Please send your query and first 25 pages to submissions@howlandliterary.com


Cassie Mannes Murray


Before pivoting into publishing, Cassie Mannes Murray was a high school teacher for six years and ran an infamous book blog known as Books & Bowel Movements where she worked with many brands, including several publishing houses and indie presses. 

She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, and is working on her MFA at UNCW in creative nonfiction. She has designed for Ecotone and Lookout Books, been supported by the Sarah Morton Fellowship and Kenyon Writers Workshop, as well as Raleigh Review, where she is the Book Review Editor, Social Media Coordinator and Accountant. She is working on a lyric essay collection about the strange and odd particularities of the south, pertaining to women, and her work is forthcoming in Passages North and The Rumpus.

For non-submission inquiries, she can be reached at cassie@howlandliterary.com

Cassie is interested in representing adult fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction that can be viewed as slipstream or hybrid. Because genre categories are for marketing purposes, Cassie would like to work with authors who are difficult to categorize, but write really brilliant sentences and unputdownable literary hybrids.