Saturday, November 15, 2014



Birmingham, Alabama
Vulcan Park
(photo by Scott Pierce) 

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers, and more than 5000 poems, many of which appear in textbooks, anthologies, newspapers, and magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, as well as in Highlights, Cricket and numerous other magazines for children. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, visit his website at FatherGoose.com FatherGoose.com





Age 3
Bayside, New York
1949





Age 9, 4th Grade
Tice Elementary
Fort Myers, Florida
1955





Photos
1972-2015




with daughter, Julie
Fort Myers, Florida
1972







Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
1973





Birmingham, Alabama
1974
(photo by Beck Wilson)  








 Northeast Mississippi Jr. College
Booneville, Mississippi
1976








Huntsville, Alabama
1976
(photo by Tim Weber)  








with Debra Ghigna
Homewood, Alabama
1977







Homewood, Alabama
1977
(photo by Debra Ghigna)  









National Writers Conference
Denver, Colorado
1978










Alabama State Poetry Society
Arlington Home
Birmingham, Alabama
1978









with poet Robert Hayden
Library of Congress
Washington, DC
1978









with poet Robert Hayden
Montgomery, Alabama
1979








Linn Park
Birmingham, Alabama
1980
(photo by Dale Short)








Columbiana, Alabama
1981










Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1982









Baylor School for Boys
Chattanooga, Tennessee
1982









with James Baldwin
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1982
(photo by John Northrop) 









after grandfather's funeral
New York City
1982









City Lights Bookstore
San Francisco, California
1983
(photo by Debra Ghigna) 






with Debra
Baylor School
Chattanooga, Tennessee
1983
(photo by Finn Bille)  








with James Dickey
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1983
(photo by John Northrop) 





with James Dickey
Birmingham Art Museum
Birmingham, Alabama
1983
(photo by John Northrop) 






with Debra Ghigna
Seattle, Washington 
This photo was taken right after my interview with NASA Space Center
for the Poet in Space Project on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
President Reagan later changed the mission to the Teacher in Space Project.
The Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight,
killing all seven crew members, including Christa McAuliffe,
the teacher chosen for this mission.
1984





Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1984
(photo by Debra Ghigna)







Homewood, Alabama
1987
(photo by Debra Ghigna)













Writing lab
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1991










with son, Chip Ghigna
Backyard, Homewood, Alabama
1992
(photo by Debra Ghigna)












Homewood Park
Homewood, Alabama
1993










with Mark Strand
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
1993








School Visit
Birmingham, Alabama
1994








with Pat Gauch, Jon Agee, Eric Carle
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
1997











Homewood, Alabama
1999
(photo by Debra Ghigna)











with Chip Ghigna, Julie Pierce, and Debra Ghigna
San Francisco, California
1999
(photo by Scott Pierce)










with Debra Ghigna and Rick Bragg
Birmingham Public Library
Birmingham, Alabama
2000











with Debra Ghigna, Michel Levaton and Diana Levaton
at the Levatons' home near
Giverny, France
2002











Jonathan Benton Bookstore
Mountain Brook, Alabama
2003
(photo by Debra Ghigna)











with Debra Ghigna
Jefferson County Board of Education
Birmingham, Alabama
2005







with Honey in the Treehouse
Homewood, Alabama
2006
(photo by Beau Gustafson) 










with wife Debra Ghigna, son Chip Ghigna, and daughter Julie Pierce
Seattle, Washington
2009
(photo by Scott Pierce)









with granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Ghigna
Toys R Us
Birmingham, Alabama
2011
(photo by Debra Ghigna)









with Charlotte Rose Ghigna
Birmingham Zoo
Birmingham, Alabama
2012
(photo by Chip Ghigna)









with Charlotte Rose Ghigna in the Treehouse
Homewood, Alabama
2012
(photo by Debra Ghigna)











Homewood Public Library
Homewood, Alabama
2012
(photo by Brigid Galloway) 













Texas Library Association
Dallas, Texas
2013






with Rebecca Davis, Charles Waters, Amy VanDerwater, Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Texas Library Association
Dallas, Texas
2013







with grandson, Christopher Pierce
Seattle, Washington
2013
(photo by Scott Pierce)









with Deborah Fout, Homewood Library Director
Christmas Parade
Homewood, Alabama
2013
(photo by Chip Ghigna)










Charlotte Rose Ghigna serenades Father Goose
Homewood, Alabama
2014
(photo by Debra Ghigna)










 

 

 

 

 


with daughter, Julie Pierce
at the top of the Statue of Vulcan
Birmingham, Alabama
2014
(photo by Scott Pierce)







 
 
 

with Debra Ghigna (wife) and Chip Ghigna (son)
St Tropez, France
2015
(photo by Diana Levaton)





with Debra Ghigna, beach party
St Tropez, France
2015
(photo by Chip Ghigna)










with Debra Ghigna in Montmartre
Paris, France
2015
(photo by Chip Ghigna)











St Tropez, France
2015
(photo by Chip Ghigna)








with Charlotte Rose Ghigna
Chip Ghigna Art Show
The Ellenburg Art Gallery - Homewood Library
Homewood, Alabama
2015
(photo by Chip Ghigna)








 Booksigning
with Charlottle Rose Ghigna
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, Georgia
2016












 
Sixes Elementary School
Canton, Georgia
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Walker School
Marietta, Georgia
2016













with Debra Ghigna
Honfleur, France
2016
(photo by Chip Ghigna)












 
Father Goose meets Goosebumps
with R.L. Stein
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, Kentucky
2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna)












Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, Kentucky
2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna)












with granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Ghigna
Homewood, Alabama
2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna)










Inside the Treehouse
Homewood, Alabama
2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna) 









Out the window of the Treehouse
Homewood, AL
Dec. 8, 2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna)










with Debra Ghigna
The Roosevelt Hotel
New York City
Dec. 13-18, 2017
(photo by Chip Ghigna)








with Chip Ghigna
The Roosevelt Hotel
New York City
Dec. 14, 2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna)





with Debra Ghigna
Museum of Modern Art
New York City
Dec. 15, 2017
(photo by Chip Ghigna)









with Chip Ghigna
Bryant Park
New York City
Dec. 17, 2017
(photo by Debra Ghigna)








with editors from National Geographic Books for Children
American Library Association Convention
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 2018









National Book Festival
Washington, DC
Sept. 1, 2018
(photo by Debra Ghigna) 








School Visit
Birmingham, Alabama
2019










Alabama Literacy Association Conference
Birmingham, Alabama
Nov. 1, 2019









Homewood Public Library
Booksigning with illustrator Michelle Hyde
Homewood, AL
Jan. 2, 2019










Meadow View Elementary School
School Visit
Alabaster, AL
Mar. 7, 2019









Books-A-Million
Brookwood Village
Homewood, AL
Mar. 23, 2019











Auburn University
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn, Alabama
Apr. 13, 2019












The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
May 1, 2019
(photo by Debra Ghigna)










In the Treehouse
Homewood, Alabama
July 16, 2019
(photo by Chip Ghigna) 





 

Trussville Public Library
Trussville, Alabama
Oct. 6, 2019
(photo by Chip Ghigna) 









with Children's Librarians
from the Homewood Public Library
at the Jefferson County Public Library Association
Champions Banquet
Hoover Met Center
Hoover, AL
Dec. 3, 2019










with Mayor Scott McBrayer of Homewood
at the Homewood Public Library
Homewood, AL
Dec. 14, 2019













Chip Ghigna and Charles Ghigna
backyard of home
Homewood, AL
April 2020
(photo by Erin Nelson)