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 Star Wars canon-creating novelist Delilah S. Dawson. 

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.