Center for Children’s Literature


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.

Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence 2018
Renee Watson, author of Piecing Me Together and Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills, worked with the 9/10s classes on poetry.

Past Writers-in-Residence

  • 2017

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

  • 2016

    Adam Gidwitz, GSE ’08, and Newbery Honoree for An Inquisitor’s Tale, worked with the 9/10s on novel writing.

  • 2015

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