Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Zoe Howard of Howland Literary

Zoe Howard is a literary agent with Howland Literary.

Zoe holds a BFA in Creative Writing and a Publishing Certificate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During her time in Wilmington, Zoe worked with Lookout Books and completed an interdisciplinary creative thesis that considered the overlaps between science, material religion, and storytelling.

Zoe is most interested in authors seeking out the places and people underrepresented in current publishing trends—the lyricists writing prose, the southerners writing about the convenience stores and coastal edges of their south, the unhinged women of fiction, non-traditional narrators, and so on. She would love to see more books about parasocial relationships, celebrity, niche TikTok genres, and combinations of pop-culture and personal narratives.

Zoe represents adult fiction and nonfiction. Zoe is seeking adult literary and upmarket fiction, and would especially love to see underrepresented voices and places, LGBTQ+ narratives, magical realism, and characters breaking away from archetypes and conventions. In nonfiction, Zoe is seeking narrative nonfiction, memoir, and expert-driven nonfiction about internet culture, music, relationships, religion/spirituality, and true crime. “I am most interested in writing that seeks to break trends: the lyricists writing prose, the southerners writing about the convenience stores and coastal edges of their south, the non-traditional narrators of fiction, and so on.”

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