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Welcoming Kyle Lukoff

The seventeenth annual Karla Harry Visiting Author

above: third grade teacher and queer writer Mateal Lovaas Ishihara prepared this video introduction for Gordon students as part of her work towards a master’s degree in library science at the University of Rhode Island

This December, Gordon welcomes Kyle Lukoff to campus as the seventeenth annual Karla Harry Visiting Author.

Kyle Lukoff is a children’s book author, school librarian, and former bookseller.

Kyle is most known for his Stonewall award-winning When Aidan Became a Brother, which is a heartwarming book that resonates with transgender children, reassures any child concerned about becoming an older sibling, and celebrates the many transitions a family can experience.

His awards and honors include the 2020 Gordon School Multicultural Picture Book Award, which he accepted when he visited Gordon in April 2022.

During his visit to Gordon, he will lead workshops on poetry technique, picture book constuction, and the work of creating authentic stories through the power of world building.

The Karla Harry Visiting Author program is held in memory of a beloved Gordon librarian, administrator and parent. The program provides Gordon students the unique experience of delving into the writer’s craft by working with nationally recognized authors and illustrators. It is supported by the Karla Harry Visiting Author Fund, which was established in 2006. 

The residency coincides with the annual GCA Book Fair, which is December 5th to December 7th. This year’s Book Fair features a number of author events including a public presentation by Veronica Agarwal and Lee Durfey-Lavoie. Learn more at


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