Eva Murray


Eva Murray is a regular columnist for five Maine publications, a freelance writer, and the author of three books: Well Out to Sea—Year-Round on Matinicus Island (2010), Island Schoolhouse—One Room for All (2012), and Island Birthday (2015), the most recent a children’s book illustrated by Jamie Hogan, which won the esteemed Lupine Award for children’s literature. All were published by Tilbury House Publishers of Thomaston, Maine. A 1985 graduate of Bates College, Eva has made her home on Matinicus Island “full-time and year-round” since 1987, when she was the island school’s one teacher. Along with husband Paul Murray, she raised two children on Matinicus, both now college graduates. In addition to writing, Eva serves as an emergency medical technician, wilderness first responder, and search and rescue volunteer; she runs the municipal recycling and solid waste program in her community; she operates a small seasonal bakery, and she is deeply involved in the formation of the new island library. Although not currently teaching, she is a certified K–8 teacher and recently earned a graduate certificate in Gifted and Talented Education. At the time of this writing, Eva is a pilot, a truck driver, a ham radio enthusiast, a hand spinner, and a blacksmith.