The Hertha Ball Writer-In-Residence Program

The Writer-in-Residence Program was established in 1999 by Hertha Ball, past parent (Tina Ball, '70) and a member of the Park School community for more than 40 years. This program offers students, faculty, and the Park community at large the unique opportunity to interact with renowned published authors.

Children's authors, poets, short story writers, and young adult novelists offer insight into the writer's craft and truly inspire our young writers and readers. A writer's visit often includes an evening discussion with the adult community, large group presentations with students involving a question and answer session, and more intimate small group work with classes. This program helps make books and the writing process come alive for our students. Writers offer an insider's view of the rewards and challenges of being a published author, the necessity of revision, and the fact that all successful writers begin as voracious readers.

Recent Writers in Residence have included: Charles R. Smith, Jr., Terry Trueman, Joseph Bruchac, and Linda Sue Park.

Artist in Residence

This initiative is made possible by support from the Hertha Ball Author in Residence Fund, The Patricia Schreiber Artist in Residence Fund, and the Walker Family Fund.

2012 Artist-in-Residence Karen Lee Lewis partnered with Park students across all divisions to produce The Park School Field Guide. Ms. Lewis utilized student writers, photographers, artists, and naturalists to create an imaginative and informative guide to the Park School campus that furthers our knowledge of its ecology and deepens our appreciation of its diverse forms of life.

Karen Lee Lewis

Karen Lee Lewis is a board member of the Coalition of Arts Providers for Children. She teaches creative writing for public and private schools, for non-profit organizations, and art galleries throughout Western New York. In addition, Karen leads adult writing workshops and is available for private tutoring. Her "Picturing Poetry Project" with Amy Luraschi was the subject of a documentary film by Jon Hand (for Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery), and was aired on PBS. Karen is a fellow of Canada's Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio. Her poetry, short fiction, features, and photography have been widely published. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Slipstream Press. Karen’s full-length poetry collection, What I Would Not Unravel (Writers Den Books) is available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, or may be ordered from your local bookstore.

Please visit Karen’s website at to learn more about her work.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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