Signature Programs

Writer in Residence

The Writer in Residence program is a highlight of the Chatham Hall curriculum. Stewarded through the English Department, each year a noted writer visits campus to share their profound work and meet with students for conversation over lunch or dinner. This program allows the Chatham Hall community to open our eyes and hearts to experiences with which we may or may not be familiar.

Learn about our Leader in Residence program here.

Past Writers in Residence

2024-2025: Amber McBride, author, poet, professor (October 2024)
Laura Ruby, novelist
Dr. Julian Saporiti, songwriter, historian
Phil Kaye, spoken-word poet, author
Gish Jen, author
2019-2020: Elizabeth Acevedo, author
2018-2019: Madeline Miller, author
2017-2018: Rhiannon Giddens, songwriter
2016-2017: Lee Smith, author
2015-2016: Gloria Bond Clunie ’71, playwright
2014-2015: Joy Harjo, Mvskoke poet, musician, author
2013-2014: Amber Dermont, author
Tracy Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
2011-2012: Danzy Senna, author
2010-2011: Li-Young Lee, poet
2009-2010: Taylor Mali, poet
2008-2009: Claudia Emerson ’75, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
2007-2008: Carolyn Forché, poet
2006-2007: Tobias Wolff, author
2006-2007: Mark Mathabane, author
2005-2006: David Baker, Kenyon Review editor, poet
2005-2006: Anthony Abbott, author
2004-2005: Phillip Shabazz, poet
2004-2005: Nancy Peacock, author
2003-2004: Nikki Giovanni, poet
2003-2004: Claudia Emerson ’75, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
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Day and boarding school for girls grades 9-12 in the Episcopal tradition.

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