Foreground/Background podcast episode 20: Kate McKean


The latest episode of my Foreground/Background podcast is out now! Give it a listen below or subscribe on your favorite streaming service (including Apple PodcastsSpotifyAnchorBreakerOvercastGoogle PodcastsPocket Casts and Radio Public) to get new episodes as they come out.


 In this episode I interview Kate McKean. Kate is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in

Brooklyn, NY. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University. Her work has appeared in Electric 

Literature, Catapult, Racked, Popula, and in SCRATCH: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

She writes the fantastic substack newsletter Agents & Books about, you guessed it, literary agents and books.

In this hour long conversation we discuss:

  • What exactly a book publishing agent does (and why you might need one)

  • As well as the reality of what it means to get a book published.

  • And so much more!


Kate McKean’s site:

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Kate McKean’s IG: @kate_mckean

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Music by Jantrax