The Gathering 2007 – Starry Night

2007- Starry Night


CarlosCarlos Eire’s idyllic and privileged childhood in Havana came to an end in the wake of Castro’s revolution. In his memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, he reveals an exotic, magical Cuba and an eccentric family. In 1962, Carlos Eire’s world changed forever when he and his brother were among the 14,000 children airlifted off the island, their parents left behind. Carlos received his PhD from Yale in 1979. He is the author of War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin (1986); From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain (1995); and co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction to Monotheistic Religions (1997). His memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana (2003), won the National Book Award in Nonfiction, 2003.

KatherineKatherine Paterson is the author of twelve novels for children and young people including Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, Newbery Winners in 1978 and 1981, and The Great Gilly Hopkins, a Newbery Honor Book. The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer were National Book Award winners in 1979 and 1977. She is the 2006 recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s most prestigious award for literature for young people. Ms. Paterson was born in Quinn Jingo, China. She is a graduate of King College, Bristol, Tennessee, and holds master’s degrees from both the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia, and Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She lived and worked for four years in Japan.

MollyMolly Peacock, a poet and a creative nonfiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems. Among her other works are How To Read A Poem and Start A Poetry Circle and a memoir, Paradise, Piece By Piece. Peacock’s latest project is a one-woman staged monologue in poems, The Shimmering Verge. Ms. Peacock earned a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harpur College (SUNY Binghamton) and a master of arts degree with honors from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. Among her awards are Danforth Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts.

JenniferArmstrongJennifer Armstrong is the author of over 100 books for children and teens; a recurring theme in her work, both in fiction and nonfiction, is American history, a subject that never fails to inspire.  She has also had a lifelong interest in science, and is currently at work on a narrative nonfiction book about the dynamic nature of all things.  Her titles include Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, The American Story, Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil War, and Magnus at the Fire.  She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with her daughter, Kalkidan.
Starry Messenger, Voyage of the Narwheel, Feed

ChristopherChristopher Cokinos
The Fallen Sky

LisaLisa Rowe Fraustino
Reading Like a Writer, The Path, Delights and Shadows

Book Discussions, Lectures, & Writing Workshops


Karen Blomain

Haiku – David Elliott

Playwriting – Jane Julius Honchell

Writing for Young Readers – Gail Carson Levine

Book Discussion – Virginia Euwer Wolff

Poetry Workshop – Robert Dugan

Mixed Genres – Lynn Petrillo