Mike Curato, artist, writer, and designer, grew up just outside of New York City and studied illustration at Syracuse University. He won the Portfolio Show at the very first SCBWI conference he attended, and his artwork quickly attracted the notice of editors and publishers. His first book, Little Elliott, Big City, was bought at auction by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, in a three-book deal.
In his day job, Mike has recently launched a design company called Queer Getting Married, which creates wedding invitations and stationery for gay couples. Mike lives with his partner in Seattle, Washington. You can find him there on any given day eating a cupcake (or thinking about it). Visit Mike here.