Agent, Howland Literary
Erin Clyburn joined the Howland Literary team in 2022 after four years with boutique New York–based agencies. She was previously the director of collection development for Turtleback Books and has over a decade of experience in magazine publishing, most recently with Food & Wine. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mississippi State University and an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. Erin represents middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and adult fiction and nonfiction. Across the board, she gravitates toward lyrical writing with a strong sense of place and works that are strange, genre-bendy, atmospheric, and often dark. Erin is particularly interested in Southern fiction and nonfiction from diverse voices. She loves works about the human body, whether a gory body horror or a nonfiction work about endurance athletes. Her favorite books are literary in style but with genre elements (horror, fabulism/magical realism, mystery, thriller), and she loves books set in our world but with a speculative twist.
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