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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

2019 Visiting Author Monica Brown

2020 Visiting Author Grace Lin

2021 Visiting Author and Illustrator Kwame Mbalia and Eric Wilkerson

Karina Yan Glaser will be working with Gordon students Thursday, December 8th, and Friday, December 9th, as the sixteenth annual Karla Harry Visiting Author. Her visit will include work with Gordon students in second through eighth grade, and a book signing from 3:45 to 4:45pm on Thursday the 8th.

Learn more about her work, and her visit, on Gordon's blog.