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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 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.

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

Sale of CITY SHAPES announced in Publishers Weekly

You can read (and listen to) one of Diana's recent poems on the Highlights website: "The Grumpy Hiker", featuring a perfectly grumpy illustration by Barry Gott.

November was "Picture Book Idea Month" on Tara Lazar's blog. Diana Murray was a guest blogger on November 22nd, posting about "Brewing Up a Character-Driven Story". PiBoIdMo is always a fun and inspiring event for picture book writers and illustrators. Plus, there are prizes!

Diana Murray's poem/song, "Oh Summer Books", is featured in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. The anthology was just released on Super Pi Day (March 14, 2015) and features poems in English and Spanish by 115 poets. For additional information, please visit Pomelo Books. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and at QEP Books.

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