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Announcing the Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence – Kwame Alexander!

March 17, 2015

The_Crossover_book_coverKwame Alexander, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for The Crossover, will be the Inaugural Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

Next month, Kwame will begin working with the 9s/10s on their poetry for six weeks, from early April through mid-May. Bank Street College is establishing an endowment to continue this residency in the name of Dorothy Carter, a children’s book author, a Broadway actress, the first African-American member of the Bank Street College graduate faculty, and a leader of the Bank Street Writers Lab. We lost Dr. Carter in 2012, but her legacy will live on through the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program.

It is fortuitous that Kwame Alexander will inaugurate this program–not only because he is the winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal, but also because his father, who graduated from Bank Street College Graduate School of Education in 1970, worked directly with Dorothy Carter in the Harlem Institute for Teachers.

The Bank Street Community is thrilled that he will be sharing his gifts with our students and teachers in the School for Children, the Graduate Faculty, and the New York City community at large. Kwame will be kicking off his Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residency with an evening event together with his father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander.

Join us here at Bank Street on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 6:30-7:30PM for Doing the Write Thing, 1969-2015: A Literary Legacy Conversation Between Kwame Alexander, 2015 Newbery Medalist, and his father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander (GS ’70), moderated by Leonard S. Marcus, historian and author of Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2015 4:19 pm

    I’ve not yet read Kwame’s Newbery winner, but did see a great interview (video) with him and he was very charismatic and compelling. From what he described, I can imagine how wonderful his writing is 🙂 Congratulations to him on this too! This sounds like a wonderful event 🙂


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