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 for Children, Highlights High Five, and Highlights 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.
Before 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 (during high school) was working at a sock store called "The Leg Room". Using her employee discount, Diana established quite an impressive sock collection. Her favorite socks were black with a skull and crossbones pattern.