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Announcing the 2018 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence!

December 13, 2017


The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to announce that author Renée Watson will be our 4th annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence.




Renée will work with the 9/10s classrooms on free verse poetry in April of 2018. She is the author of several novels and picture books for children including Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury) This Side of Home (Random House) and Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills (Random House). She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.  Renée’s bio.

Renée has worked as a writer in residence for over two decades teaching creative writing in schools throughout the United States. She is deeply committed to using the arts to discuss social issues as well as helping youth cope with trauma. Her picture book, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen is based on poetry workshops she facilitated with children in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Last year, Renée created I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She launched the #LangstonsLegacy Campaign to raise funds to lease the Harlem brownstone where Langston Hughes lived during the last twenty years of his life. She aims to preserve the legacy of Langston Hughes and build on it by providing programming for emerging writers.

Renée joins a growing list of illustrious writers who have been Dorothy Carter Writer’s-in-Residence at Bank Street.

In 2015 Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover inaugurated the program and focused on poetry writing. In 2016 Newbery Honor medalist Adam Gidwitz taught creative writing. Last year, Crystal Kite winner, Kat Yeh , On the Way to BEA focused on short story writing. More information.

The Writer-in-Residence program is named in honor of Dorothy Carter, 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.




You can make a donation to the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program here. 


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