Children’s Literature Writer-in-Residence

2017 Writer-in-Residence

Kathi AppeltKathi Appelt is the author of numerous picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels, including The Underneath, a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor Book, Maybe a Fox, Counting Crows, When Otis Courted Mama, Kissing Tennessee, Down Cut Shin Creek, and Keeper. She will be on campus for two weeks and will give a public lecture and meet individually with students for manuscript consultation.


2017 Scholar-in-Residence

Katherine CapshawKatherine Capshaw is professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks and Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Her research interests include 20th-Century American literature, ethnic American literature (African American literature), children’s literature, graphic novel, visual culture. She will be on campus for a week and will give a public lecture and meet individually with students for consultation of scholarly papers and projects. 

2017 Visiting Illustrator

Brian LiesBrian Lies is the award-winning author and/or illustrator of more than two dozen books for children, including his NY Times bestselling bat series (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, etc.).  He has done many pieces for the Cricket Group magazines, and has won numerous awards for his magazine, book, and fine art work.  He has worked in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, scratchboard, and stained glass.


Recent Guest Lecturers

  • Kenneth Kidd, author of Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale and Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Culture.
  • Andrea Brown, president of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
  • Philip Nel, author of The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats and Seuss: American Icon.
  • Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races (a Printz Honor Book) and the Raven Boys cycle.
  • Jack Zipes, author of Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tale; Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children and the Culture Industry; and Literature and Literary Theory: Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion.
  • Charles Vess, fantasy illustrator, whose books include Stardust with Neil Gaiman (Mythopoeic Award and World Fantasy Award), A Circle of Cats, Drawing Down the Moon, Horns of Elfland, and Hook: The Official Movie Adaptation.
  • David Almond, Carnegie Medal, Whitebread Award and Smarties Award winning author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, and The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean.
  • Nancy Willard, poet, novelist, and Newbery medal winner for A Visit to William Blake’s Inn.