Diana Murray Diana Murray



biopic Diana Murray writes stories and poems for children. She is the author of several forthcoming picture books, including CITY SHAPES illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown, June 2016), GRIMELDA: THE VERY MESSY WITCH illustrated by Heather Ross (Katherine Tegen Books /HarperCollins, July 2016), NED THE KNITTING PIRATE illustrated by Leslie Lammle (Roaring Brook Press /Macmillan, August 2016), and GROGGLE'S MONSTER VALENTINE illustrated by Bats Langley (Sky Pony Press, Fall 2016). Diana was awarded the 2010 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Work-in-Progress Grant for a picture book manuscript. She has many poems published and forthcoming in magazines, including Spider, Highlights, High Five, and Hello. Diana won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for poetry in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Honor Award in 2013. Diana is represented by Brianne Johnson at Writers House literary agency. She recently moved from the Bronx to a nearby suburb, where she lives with her husband, two very messy children, and a goldfish named Pickle.

beeMeBefore writing, Diana Murray spent about twelve years as a graphic designer. Most recently, she worked as the art director at Theory, a fashion company. Her first job was working at a sock store called "Leg Room". Using her employee discount, Diana established quite an impressive sock collection. Her favorite socks are black with a skull and crossbones pattern.

You can read (and listen to) some of Diana's poems on the Highlights website:

"The Grumpy Hiker"

"Ocean Beach"

CITY SHAPES (a Junior Library Guild selection) was recently featured by Kirkus as a picture book title to watch for in 2016. Read full story here.

And a big congratulations to the illustrator, Bryan Collier, for winning a fourth Caldecott Honor this year with TROMBONE SHORTY!

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