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Author Location: California

For all author appearances, please send your inquiry to , 718-857-7605.

Prices are $1,500 to $3,000 Full Day, includes three 45-minute presentations
Sponsor covers airfare, hotel, and meals.
Libraries and book fairs: negotiable.

As a savings to you, your campus, or organization, when it is appropriate and possible, Catherine Balkin can arrange for a Joyce Carol Thomas author appearance to coincide with a time when Ms. Thomas will already be visiting your area.

Audience sizes:

For younger groups, up to 80 audience participants.
For adult groups, any size.
Ms. Thomas needs a microphone if the session is over 100 people.

Testimonials || References || Book orders

“Joyce Carol Thomas’ books are enchanted kites, which her playful soul flies. Genuine human instinct and intuition are the sky through which they imaginatively glide.”

Professor Stan Brown, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

“Thank you so much for coming to our school and telling us about your books and poems. I liked them all a lot. I liked that your topic was hair [Crowning Glory] and that may be my favorite book…I love to read and I like writing poems, so maybe I will become an author just like you. Thanks again!”

4th grade student

"…Your poems reminded me of when I do my hair every morning, and it is hard choosing because there are so m any hair styles…”

6th grade student

“Thank you for talking about African hair. Now my classmates don’t ask why my hair is always braided.”

4th grade student

“Your poetry inspired me to become a poet.”

6th grade student

“I am glad you came to our school. You were quiet with a soothing voice.”

4th grade student

“Before Joyce’s school visit, my grandchild hated to pick up a book. She thought books were boring. But after Joyce read and shared Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, my granddaughter began to ask me to read Brown Honey every night at bedtime. This happened during her entire summer stay. Her mother and dad reported that now she’s added more books to her collection. If they skip over a word, she corrects them!”


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“We adopted a new baby, and when we sang Hush Songs our baby’s eyes lit up. Reading and listening have become a habit. Our little one reaches for Joyce’s books and other books several times a day.

New Parents

“(During) the tenth anniversary of the Foundation's New York City based Settlement House-Author Residency program…readers of all ages at Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center in New York City were visited by National Book Award winning author Joyce Carol Thomas from May 22-25.

“Fathers, mothers, and their children welcomed Joyce to the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center with a dinner held in her honor, which was followed by a reading, a discussion, and art activity based on Joyce's book, Gingerbread Days.

“Joyce Carol Thomas came to Stanley Isaacs as a stranger, but left as a friend.”

Stanley Isaac Neighborhood Center, New York, NY

“What a marvelous event! First, Joyce shared her poetry, then inspired the children who danced to the words of her poems, including 'Brown Honey' and 'A Mother’s Heart' while another child recited the words.”

Dance Teacher

“I, and the entire audience of educators and students, enjoyed her presentation immensely.”


“I felt happy, relaxed. It was good that she came to see us. I was honored, touched, and grateful.”

Juvenile Hall student

“The author cared.”

Juvenile Hall student

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Arizona State University
Artistic Director
Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
P.O. Box 871701
Tempe, Arizona

UC Berkeley

Chair, English Department
Morgan State University
Baltimore, Maryland

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For HarperCollins book orders, call 1-800-242-7737.

For Hyperion /Disney book orders, call 1-800-759-0190. When you speak to their book order person, please indicate whether your order is related to author appearances.

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