2009-10 Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professor - Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan, the setting of many of his books. He was a great reader, but as a youth, he could not find books that “were about me.” After high school, Curtis spent 13 years on the assembly line of Flint’s historic Fisher Body Plant. He attended college at night and wrote during his breaks to escape the noise of the factory. Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, named a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. Christopher Paul Curtis will be fulfilling his appointment as the 2009-10 Winegarden Visiting Professor during parts of both the Fall and Winter Semesters. (Nominated by Associate Dean and Professor of Education Rose Casement, School of Education and Human Services; and Chair and Professor of English Fred Svoboda, College of Arts and Sciences).
One of the many and varied activities that 2009-10 Winegarden Professor Christopher Paul Curtis has been involved with while on the Flint campus was the Christopher Paul Curtis Writing Adventure where over 400 fourth grade students from the Flint Community Schools visited campus to hear first-hand from our most prestigious visiting professor. Students were challenged with going back to their respective schools to engage in a writing competition where one student from each school will be selected as having the best story and then would compete against the other 17 schools.