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Author in Residence

Author in Residence

Each year the Author in Residence program brings an author, poet, or author/illustrator to the HVRSD to spend an extended residency with students. In addition to the author varying from year to year, the program involves students at different grade levels each year as well.

The program is a collaboration between the HVEF and district PTOs, who provide the funding, and school Media Specialist, who work with the district Assembly Committee to select the author and determine each year’s program details. Some years, authors work directly with students in small classroom settings, and other times there are grade level or school assemblies, opportunities for parents to also meet the author, or other forms of hands-on interaction. Authors teach about writing, creativity, and share their personal experiences and knowledge.

The proceeds from the fall Booklovers’ Luncheon are used to fund the HVEF portion of the program.

Previous Authors


  • 2015 –  Brian Lies- All Elementary Schools
  • 2015 –  Lisa Funari-Willever – All Elementary Schools
  • 2014 – Sarah Weeks – Timberlane Middle School and Elementary Schools
  • 2012 – Stephen Kellogg and Luray Gross – Elementary Schools
  • 2011  – Luray Gross – Central  High School and Timberlane Middle School
  • 2010 – Dan Gutman – Elementary schools
  • 2009 – Judy Freedman – Elementary schools
  • 2008  – Luray Gross – Central High & Timberlane Middle School
  • 2007 – Irene Kelley – Elementary schools
  • 2006  – Neil Waldman – Elementary school