Agent, teacher, writer, reader.


Kate McKean

In my MFA workshops at the University of Southern Mississippi, I was the one asking my fellow writers who's going to buy this? Who are you writing this for? That's when I knew I wanted to be a literary agent. I finished my degree ASAP and moved to New York to work in publishing.

I've been with the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency since 2006, where I've built a diverse client list from New York Times best selling internet sensations like I Can Has Cheezburger to beloved humorist and short story writer Mallory Ortberg to New York Times best selling YA horror writer Madeleine Roux. 

Am an adjunct professor at New York University in the School of Professional Studies, teaching about agents and publishing. I am also a writer myself, represented by Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. 

I live in Brooklyn with my husband and daughter and our many, many books.