Howard Yoon is a literary agent and principal of the Ross Yoon Agency. He started as Gail’s literary assistant in 1992 and over the years has served as an editorial director, ghostwriter, foreign rights manager, book consultant, and book editor.
Howard specializes in narrative nonfiction, history, memoir, science, current events, politics, and popular culture. He looks for original voices and original stories, but his favorite books are ones that combine both qualities. He specializes in helping authors find their place in the book world by bringing together his knowledge of the market with the innate skills of each client. He loves working with first-time authors as equally as he enjoys helping veteran writers with career decisions and new book ideas.
Howard has been an adjunct professor at the Masters of Journalism program at Georgetown University, where he has won awards teaching a narrative nonfiction writing class. He was a former contributor to NPR.org’s food blog, “Kitchen Window.” He currently serves as the board chair of 826DC, the DC chapter of a nonprofit founded by novelist Dave Eggers to support public school students in areas of creative writing, reading, and learning.
Howard graduated from the University of Virginia with honors with a joint degree in Religious Studies and English Literature (Modern Studies). He lives in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC, with his wife Victoria, who is the owner of the nationally-recognized Ice Cream Jubilee, and their kids Ian and Zoey.