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 2019
Emma Otheguy Writer in Residence 2019
Emma Otheguy, PhD,  will be our 5th annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Emma will work with the 9/10s classrooms on creative writing in April of 2019.  Emma is the author of  Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges (Bloomsbury 2018).  Her middle grade novel Silver Meadows Summer (Alfred A. Knopf) will be published in 2019. Read more

Past Writers-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.

  • 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 and author of The Crossover, Kwame Alexander inaugurated the program as the first Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence and worked with the 9/10s on their poetry.