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  • Biography
  • Awards
  • Speaking and appearance history
  • A selection of interviews

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Author Biography

Nilah Magruder is an artist based in Western Maryland. She is the author of M.F.K., a middle-grade graphic novel and winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and HOW TO FIND A FOX, a picture book. She has published short stories in Fireside Magazine and the All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages anthology. Nilah has also written for Marvel Comics, illustrated children’s books for Disney-Hyperion, Scholastic, and Penguin, and worked as a writer and storyboard artist in television animation. She is currently illustrating CREAKY ACRES, a middle-grade graphic novel about horseback riding. When she is not working, Nilah is watching movies, growing herbs, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.

Awards History

2019 – Nominee
YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults
Honored Work: All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stores of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (edited by Saundra Mitchell)

2017 – Bronze Winner, Graphic Novel & Comics Category
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards
Honored Work: M.F.K.

2015 – Winner
Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity
Honored Work: M.F.K.

2010 – Winner
S&R Foundation Washington Award
Honored Work: Fairy Cake

Speaking and Appearance History

2019 – Faculty
Sirens Studio (Sirens Conference)
Hilton Inverness Hotel
Inverness, CO

2019 – Workshop Presenter, Panelist
Ground Zero Animation Expo
Boys and Girls Club
Stanton, CA

2019 – Guest Speaker, Opening Keynote
The Young And The Reckless: Writing For Teens
UCLA Writers Extension
Gayley Center, Los Angeles, CA

2018 – Panelist, Moderator
WorldCon 76: San Jose
World Science Fiction Society
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA

2017 – Guest, Speaker
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Columbus, OH

2017 – Artist Guest of Honor
Capricon 37
Westin Chicago North Shore
Wheeling, IL

Select Interviews

January 24, 2020
Working with a Publisher

Interviewers: Gina Gagliano, Alison Wilgus
Published by: Graphic Novel TK

July 5, 2019
Fans Are Drawing Amazing Art Inspired By Halle Bailey’s Casting As Ariel In “The Little Mermaid”
Interviewer: David Mack
Published by: Buzzfeed News

 May 2, 2019
‘Marvel Rising’ Writer Nilah Magruder Teams Up with Marvel’s Voices
Interviewer: Angélique Roché
Published by: Marvel’s Voices

April 17, 2019
The Creative Life of Nilah Magruder
Interviewer: Steve Morris
Published by: The MNT

March 8, 2019
Indie Comics Spotlight: Nilah Magruder is Committed to Making Beautiful Comics for Teens and Kids
Interviewer: Karama Horne
Published by: SyFy Wire