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Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

Established in 2015, the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program invites a prominent author to work with School for Children students to craft their writing each spring.

Dorothy Carter was Bank Street’s first African American faculty member, writer of highly acclaimed children’s books, chair of the Bank Street Writers Lab, and Broadway actress. We lost Dorothy in 2012, but continue to celebrate her contributions to children’s literature through the Writer-in-Residence program.


Renee Watson, author of Piecing Me Together and Harlem's Little Blackbird:  The Story of Florence Mills will work with the 9/10s classes on poetry.


Kat Yeh, Crystal Kite winner and author of middle grade novel The Truth About Twinkie Pie, worked with the 9/10s classes on creative writing.



Adam Gidwitz, alumni of the Graduate School of Education (GS '08) and Newbery Honoree for An Inquisitor's Tale worked with the 9s/10s on novel writing in April 2016.

Adam Gidwitz visits the School for Children as the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence


Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander inaugurated the program as the first Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Kwame worked with the 9s/10s on their poetry curriculum in April 2015.

Kwame Alexander: Poetry and the Common Humanity