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 About Making Beautiful Things

"For several years, I searched for a concept to encompass all my different creative work. I'm a children's book author, and now also an emerging sculptor and poet, as well as a creative writing mentor.

"In January 2018 as my mother lay dying in hospice, she gave me her final gift of many gifts given. These were the last words she spoke to me:  'Keep Making Beautiful Things.'

"And so I do. And so I will.

"Thank you, Mama."

    ~Dia Calhoun

Dia Calhoun Bio

Dia Calhoun is a children's book author, emerging sculptor, and poet. Underlying all her work is a strong theme of fantasy. She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature for her novel Aria of the Sea. Reviewing Calhoun’s novel After the River the Sun, School Library Journal wrote—“Lovers of gaming and Arthurian legends will thoroughly enjoy this one.”

Three of her novels are American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Calhoun’s contemporary novel Eva of the Farm was a Hornbook Magazine Best Verse Novel.

Calhoun's most recent book--The Magic Cup: A Business Parable about a Leader, a Team, and the Power of Putting People and Values First,  was co-written with Lorie Ann Grover for Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks International.

Calhoun has taught at Seattle University and the Cornish College of Arts. She is currently a Mentor in the Children's Literature Fellows at Stony Brook University. Calhoun is a co-founder of the literacy social media project, readergirlz, recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize. She offers private on-line mentoring in creative writing for adults and children. 

Calhoun makes her beautiful things beside the wild Nisqually River in Washington state. Not only does the natural world inspire her writing, it’s also the basis for her sculpture.