Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Cassie Mannes Murray of Howland Literary

Cassie Mannes Murray is a literary agent with Howland Literary.

Cassie is accepting submissions for adult fiction and nonfiction. As far as fiction, she is seeking literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, short story collections, and literary-speculative work (not high fantasy or science fiction). For nonfiction, she’s interested in representing memoir, essay collections, as well as narrative nonfiction.

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 several 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 currently designs spreads, broadsides, posters, and promotional materials for Ecotone and Lookout Books, and her writing has been supported by the Shannon Morton Fellowship, Ralph Brauer Fellowship, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Kenyon Writers Workshop. She is working on a book. Her writing can be found in Passages North, Story Quarterly, The Rumpus, Fugue, and Hobart. Her pronouns are she/her.

Because she believes genre categories are for marketing purposes, Cassie would like to work with authors who are difficult to categorize, or are attempting to bridge gaps between multiple genre categories. She wants to work with writers that are passionate about writing, particularly at the sentence level. While she can become invested in a wide-range of books, topics that are always a hit for her include: reckoning with girlhood or coming-of-age in adult narratives, slipstream, strange, or left-of-center fiction (Karen Russell, Kelly Link, Helen Oyeyemi), retellings of obscure fairytales, folklore (particularly from nonwestern traditions), manipulative or unlikeable characters, LGBTQ+ narratives, odd jobs, education, climate science, and anything that centers Southern culture.

 

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