Annette L. Murrell (a.k.a. Dr Diva) is a jazz singer and writer. She has produced and released two recordings, My Shining Hour and Annette Murrell: Live at the Zoo Bar! She has also published essays and poetry in a number of journals; in addition, she published her own chapbook, I Wanna Be a Bad Woman, in 2007. Murrell is also a three-year fellow at the Cave Canem Workshop/Retreat for African American Poets, and she has also attended Bread Loaf.
Murrell has performed lead roles in numerous theatrical productions, hosted a television show and been featured in a documentary as well as several local and national television and radio commercials.
Educated at Stanford, the University of Nairobi–Kenya and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, she teaches writing at Metropolitan Community College. Murrell is also an announcer for NET Radio, Nebraska´s National Public Radio station. She resides in Lincoln, Neb.