Visiting Author Program

The Visiting Author 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 in memory of Karla Harry, Gordon’s beloved librarian and adored community member. This fund was initially endowed by Almon, Suzanne, Stephen, and Sara Hall. Gifts from Karla’s friends and family have expanded its mission, and this permanent fund has become a vital part of the school’s library program and literature curriculum.

2007 Visiting Author Kimberly Willis Holt

2008 Visiting Author Ed Young

2009 Visiting Author Marilyn Nelson

2010 Visiting Author Julia Alvarez

2011 Visiting Author April Pulley Sayre

2012 Visiting Author Joseph Bruchac 

2013 Visiting Author Doreen Rappaport

2014 Visiting Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

2015 Visiting Author James Howe

2016 Visiting Authors Robin Page and Steve Jenkins

2017 Visiting Author Nikki Grimes

2018 Visiting Author Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander was be at Gordon Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, as the twelfth annual Karla Harry Visiting Author. He presented to students in Kindergarten to eighth grade, accompanied by musician Randy Preston.

more on his visit, on Gordon's blog

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including Swing, Solo and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, a National Book Award nominee, as well as The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot and Score in this Game of Life, and the picture books Out of Wonder, Surf’s Up, and The Undefeated.

A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, three NAACP Image Award nominations, and the inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award in 2017. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Alexander is the founder of Versify, a publishing subsidiary of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch.