Charles Ghigna

Homewood, AL 35209-3926

Author's Bio

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a tree house in the middle of Alabama. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and is a former nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He is the author of more than 5000 poems and 100 books for children and adults from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Abrams, Orca and other publishers. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and in children's magazines Cricket, Highlights for Children and numerous others. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation.  He has presented poetry readings at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America, and at hundreds of schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Publications and Prizes

A Carnival of Cats
(Orca Press, 2015)
, A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys
(Boyds Mills Press, 2003)
, A Parade of Puppies
(Orca Press, 2016)
, Animal Planet: Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals
(Time/Warner, 2016)
, Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud
(Abrams, 2004)
, Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud
(Harry N. Abrams, 1999)
, Barn Storm
(Random House, 2010)
, Haiku: The Travelers of Eternity
(River City Publishing, 2001)
, Halloween Night
(Running Press, 2003)
, If You Were My Valentine
(Simon & Schuster, 2005)
, Mice Are Nice
(Random House, 1999)
, Oh My, Pumpkin Pie!
(Random House, 2005)
, One Hundred Shoes
(Random House, 2002)
, Plastic Soup: Dream Poems
(Black Belt Press, 1998)
, See the Yak Yak
(Random House, 1999)
, Snow Wonder
(Random House, 2008)
, The Alphabet Parade
(River City Publishing, 2002)
, Tiny Tales
(Capstone Press, 2015)
Harper's, Rolling Stone, Southern Poetry Review, New Yorker

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Last updated: Aug 31, 2016