Represented by: Kaitlyn Sanchez
Maria D'Alessandro writes picture books and middle-grade novels. She grew up in NY with her Sicilian grandma, whose phenomenal storytelling inspired Maria to create her own stories even before she could read or write. She completed her MFA at Portland State University and her stories have appeared in literary magazines such as: Post Road, Harpur Palate, and Highlights Hello Baby, among others. Maria hopes that her adventurous and humorous stories centered around family and friendship will help children discover their inner strength. Now living near Portland, Oregon, Maria can be found playing with her young daughters in the many rivers, mountains, and beaches of the Pacific Northwest.