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    Residency Visiting Writers & Faculty

    Each residency, our distinguished faculty are joined by special guests. The line up of special guests typically features locally published authors as well as writers from around the country, including a very special guest author chosen by the graduating class to give the commencement address. Guests also come from the business side of the writing and publishing world, including agents, editors, and publishers.


    Vera B. Williams July 2014 Residency Guest Vera B. Williams, born in 1927, didn't illustrate her first picture book until 1975. But her path towards an artistic career began much earlier, when she was growing up in New York City in the 1930s and 40s. At the Bronx House, a local community center, she acted, danced, and painted. When Williams was 9 years old, one of her paintings was included in a WPA exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. She later graduated from New York City's High School of Music and Art, and then graduated from the Black Mountain School in North Carolina with a degree in graphic arts.

    Williams has pursued a wide variety of personal and professional interests throughout her life. She raised three children; she helped found an alternative community and school in New York; she ran a bakery in Ontario, canoed down 500 miles of the Yukon River, and has contributed her talents and time to political organization and activism. Williams' life experiences, love of children, and social conscience shine through her fine collection of books for young readers.

    Anita Silvey Hamline MFAC Residency GuestAnita Silvey: The author of 100 Best Books for Children, 500 Great Books for Teens, and Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book, Anita Silvey has devoted 40 years to promoting books that will turn the young—and families—into readers. She has appeared frequently on NPR, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, and various radio programs to talk about our best books for young people. In a unique career in the children’s book field, Ms. Silvey has divided her time equally between publishing, evaluating children’s books, and writing. Her lifelong conviction that “only the very best of anything can be good enough for the young” forms the cornerstone of her work. Formerly publisher of children’s books for Houghton Mifflin Company and editor-in-chief of The Horn Book Magazine, she currently teaches modern book publishing, children’s book publishing, and children’s book author studies at several colleges.

    Claire Vanderpool Residency Guest July 2014Clare Vanderpool is the award-winning author of two novels: Moon Over Manifest and her newly released Navigating Early. Moon Over Manifest, her debut novel, was awarded the prestigious 2011 John Newbery Award which is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Clare is remarkably the first debut author in thirty years to win the Newbery Medal. Her books have both hit the New York Times best seller list as well as the Book Sense best seller list. The recipient of much critical-acclaim, including seven starred reviews, a top ten Historical Fiction Kid’s Book by Instructor Magazine, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Golden Spur award, Clare’s writing has connected with readers young and old. Interviews with Clare have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and almost all of the media outlets across the nation have covered her writing career. Most recently, Clare’s second novel Navigating Early was named a Printz Honor Book for Young Adult Fiction by the American Library Association. Clare has been making appearances at schools, libraries, and conferences around the country, and enjoys meeting children, educators, librarians,

    Brian Farrey-Latz is the acquiring editor for Flux, the young adult imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide, where he's had the pleasure of editing such titles as the Stonewall Honor book, Love Drugged, by James Klise and the Stonewall Award Winner Beautiful Music For Ugly Children, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. As an author, Brian's young adult novel, With or Without You (Simon Pulse) was a Stonewall Honor book and winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Literature. The final book in his middle grade fantasy trilogy,The Grimjinx Rebellion, will be out in October. He is a proud graduate of Hamline University's MFA in Writing program. He lives in St. Paul with his husband. 

    Sarah Park Dahlen 2014 Hamline Residency GuestSarah Park Dahlen is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She teaches courses on children’s and young adult materials, children’s and young adult library services, storytelling, social justice, and library and information science. Currently, she is examining representations of transracially adopted Koreans in children’s literature and the information behaviors of transnationally adopted Koreans. She co-edited a children’s and young adult multicultural literature textbook with Dr. Jamie Naidoo titled Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (ALA Editions, 2012). Her next project examines race in the Harry Potter series.

    Jill Davis July 2014 Residency GuestJill Davis is an Executive Editor at Harper Collins Children's Books' Katherine Tegen Books. Previously she worked at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Bloomsbury, Viking, and Crown and Knopf, and was editor of Elizabeth Partridge's Printz Honor winner John Lennon: All I Want Is Truth and NBA finalist This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie. Her current authors include Kevan Atteberry, Alison Friend, Tammi Sauer, Constance Lombardo, Moriah McStay, Jackie Lee Somers, and many Hamlinites, including Daniel Bernstrom, Marsha Wilson Chall, Mandy Davis, Peter Pearson, and hopefully you, soon! She edits picture books, graphic chapter books, middle-grade fiction, and teen fiction. Jill Davis holds an MFA in Writing for Children and YA from Hamline University, is the author of three picture books, and is still at work on her never-ending middle-grade novel. 


    Marsha Chall
    Phyllis Root
    Marsha Qualey
    Gene Yang
    Claire Rudolf Murhpy
    Anne Ursu
    Jackie Briggs Martin
    Gary Schmidt
    Ron Koertge
    Laura Ruby
    Swati Avasthi
    Jane Resh Thomas


    From the Archives: Special guest  

    In July 2012, Chris Crutcher was one of our special guests, along with David Small and Anita Silvey. Watch Chris Crutcher's commencement address:



    Visit the Residency Archives for guests from previous residencies.


    RECENT Residency Guests 

    Guest Authors  

    Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    Anita Silvey
    Geoff Herbach
    Will Alexander
    Franny Billingsley
    John Coy
    Kate DiCamillo
    Jon Scieszka
    Nancy Carlson
    Chris Crutcher
    David Small
    Alison McGhee
    Lin Oliver
    Patricia MacLachlan
    T.A. Barron
    Jane Yolen
    Kate DiCamillo

    Agents, Editors, Publishers

    Zareen Jaffery
    Vicki & Steve Palmquist (CLN)
    Jordan Brown
    Kendra Marcus
    Sarah Davies
    Roger Sutton
    Wendy Lamb
    Jennifer Flannery
    Brian Farrey
    Virginia Buckley
    Deborah Kovacs
    Andrew Karre
    Joy Neaves
    Sean McCarthy

    Visit the Residency Archives for full list