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I could not be happier to be sharing this news with the world!

Kevin Lewis has joined Erin Murphy Literary Agency as Agent, focusing primarily on writer-illustrators and on diverse voices.

Kevin has been a publishing professional for more than 25 years and has held positions at Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and Disney. During this time he's edited such best-selling and award-winning writers and illustrators as Holly Black, Derek Anderson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Cordell, Tony DiTerlizzi, Jane Dyer, Angela Johnson, Loren Long, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Dav Pilkey, Cynthia Rylant, Mark Teague, and Lauren Thompson, to name but a few.

He is also a client: He is the author of close to a dozen picture books, including CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO CHOO and MY TRUCK IS STUCK.

Kevin has been working with us behind the scenes for several months as we together looked at how his expertise might augment what we're already doing at EMLA. I have learned so much in these months, and have been thrilled with the ideas he's brought to us. His expertise with picture books and with illustrators' careers is unparalleled, and I know there are many editors and art directors out there who will be thrilled to have a new avenue for working with him. EMLA's percentage of illustrator to writer clients is very low, and Kevin will be looking to change that. I look forward to doing some packaging together—matching author and illustrator clients' work for submission—as well as to meeting the wonderful people Kevin will be bringing into our community!

Welcome to this side of the table, Kevin!

—Erin