Carrie Howland joined Empire Literary as a Senior Agent in 2016, after eleven years at Donadio & Olson, Inc. She represents literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, young adult, middle grade, and picture book authors. Carrie is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and writes for its newsletter. 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 and with deployed military men and women through an organization called Soldiers’ Angels. She is also a member of the New York Junior League and the New York City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma. Carrie lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on twitter at @ecarriehowland.
Carrie’s background is in poetry, so her ideal book is a novel written by a poet (think Wayne Koestenbaum’s Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes). Beautiful language and a strong voice are the first things she looks for in any project. On the adult side, Carrie describes her taste as dark and a bit quirky. A recent example is Carmiel Banasky’s haunting debut, The Suicide of Claire Bishop, a dual-narrative about a woman who, in 1959, sits for a portrait, only to find the artist has painted her suicide, and a young man with schizophrenia, in 2004, obsessed with a painting that depicts a woman’s suicide… She’d love to find a good literary thriller, something beautifully written that tells a tale. (One of her favorites is Night Film by Marisha Pessl.)Though for all ages, Carrie’s heart is always with literary fiction, for young adult, her taste runs wide. She’s looking for a strong voice and a great story, across genres, including soft-scifi and light fantasy. Recent favorite sales include Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s, 2016), which she pitched as MTV’s Teen Mom meets Greek Mythology and The Shark Curtain (Black Sheep/Akashic, 2015) a literary YA debut about a young girl in the 60s who knows she’s different (she barks in public, sees Jesus doing handstands in the pool), but isn’t sure why. Carrie is always looking for Young Adult books that do what Garth Stein, New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, said about The Shark Curtain: “The Shark Curtain will turn you inside out and make you see the world differently. As well you should. As well we all should. Because life isn’t about having the answers, it’s about grappling with the questions.”On a personal level, Carrie’s two great loves are rescue dogs and the great state of Michigan (her childhood home). So if your book features puppies or a small town in the Midwest, she’d love to see it! Carrie also has a not-so-secret obsession with horror movies and isn’t afraid of any literary novel that Rob Zombie could turn into a film.