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 Disney, Random House, Red Comet, Schiffer, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc. 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



Age 18
with Mom and Dad
Leaving for College
Fort Myers, Florida
1965
 
 
 
with wife, Debra, daughter, Julie and Mom & Dad
Visiting Grandparents
New York, New York
1980
 
wife, Debra, mother, Patricia, daughter, Julie, and grandmother, Laura
New York, New York
1980
 
 
 
 
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) 











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)










John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Six-week summer residency
Washington, DC
1984
(photo by Debra Ghigna)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



with Carolyn Scott, Fiction Instructor
Teachers Lounge
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1986
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Homewood, Alabama
1987
(photo by Debra Ghigna)













Creative Writing Lab
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Alabama
1991








At the Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony in New York City
with two of my creative writing students, Heather Brinson and Brad Armstrong.
Brad won 1st Place for Poetry and Heather won 1st Place for Fiction.
This was the first time two student winners came from the same state (Alabama),
same school (Alabama School of Fine Arts), and the same class!
Previous student winners include Sylvia Path, Truman Capote, 
John Updike, Stephen King, and Amanda Gorman.
Waldorf Astoria
New York, New York
1991

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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











with Chip and Debra
Homewood, Alabama
1992
(photo by Jerry Ayres)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Homewood Park
Homewood, Alabama
1993















School Visit
Birmingham, Alabama
1994







 
Booksigning
Books-A-Million / Eastwood Mall
Birmingham, Alabama
1994
 
 
 
 

 
 


 
 
Vinemont Elementary
Cullman, Alabama
1996
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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









Cooper Memorial Library
Opelika, Alabama
1998
(photo by Katie Lamar Smith) 
 
 
 
 
 
 








Homewood, Alabama
1999
(photo by Debra Ghigna)











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










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








with Honey
Homewood, Alabama
2001
 
 
 




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










with Honey and children
in the front yard of our home
Homewood, Alabama
2003
(photo by Beau Gustafson)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
 
 


Homewood Public Library
Homewood, Alabama
2007






with Debra
Homewood, Alabama
2008
(photo by Beverly Taylor)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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






Trussville Public Library
Trussville, Alabama
2010
 
 
 
 
 
 


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)









Reading to children on a float
Homewood Christmas Parade
Homewood, Alabama
2013
(photo by Chip Ghigna) 

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 Debra celebrating the Elo Pillow
containing thirty-two of our audio stories
Homewood, Alabama
2014
(photo by Chip Ghigna) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Debra Ghigna and Librarian, Ashley Fowlkes
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, Kentucky
2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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)










Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Birmingham, Alabama
2015
(photo by Debra Ghigna)











Books-A-Million
Brookwood Village
Homewood, Alabama
2015
(photo by Debra Ghigna)







 Alabama 5-City Book Tour
with Anna from the movie Frozen
Huntsville, Alabama
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tea Time in the Treehouse
Homewood, Alabama
2015
 
 

 


Mount Vernon, WA
2016





with Charlottle Rose Ghigna
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, Georgia
2016
(photo by Debra Ghigna)











 
Sixes Elementary School
Canton, Georgia
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Walker School
Marietta, Georgia
2016
(photo by Debra Ghigna) 













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










Helena Intermediate School
Helena, Alabama
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 with R.L. Stein
"Father Goose meets Goosebumps"
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)







with Debra Ghigna and Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Homewood, Alabama
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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









Out the window of the Treehouse
Homewood, Alabama
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)
 








National Science Teachers Association Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
March 17, 2018
(photo by Debra Ghigna) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
with editors
National Geographic Books for Children
American Library Association Convention
New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 2018







with editors
Whitman Publishing
Alabama Chapter of the American Pediatrics Meeting
Florence, Alabama
August 28, 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
Homewood, Alabama
Jan. 2, 2019













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









Books-A-Million
Brookwood Village
Homewood, Alabama
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 Homewood Librarians
Mary Eller, Deborah Fout, and Laura Tucker
at the Jefferson County Public Library Association
Champions Banquet
Hoover Met Center
Hoover, Alabama
Dec. 3, 2019
with Librarians from the Children's Department
  of the Homewood Public Library
at the Jefferson County Public Library Association
Champions Banquet
Hoover Met Center
Hoover, Alabama
Dec. 3, 2019







with Mayor Scott McBrayer
Homewood Public Library
Homewood, Alabama
Dec. 14, 2019













Chip Ghigna and Charles Ghigna
backyard of home
Homewood, Alabama
April 2020
(photo by Erin Nelson) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reading at home
Homewood, Alabama
  December 2020
(photo by Debra Ghigna) 
 
 
 
 


 
Booksigning
Little Professor Bookshop
Homewood, Alabama
May 2022
(photo by Elise Ferrer)  







At home with Debra
Pre-Banquet pic
Homewood, Alabama
(photo by Chip Ghigna) 
 
The Club
Awards Banquet
Birmingham, Alabama
July 2022
(photo by Jeh Jeh Pruitt) 
 





Late night in the Treehouse
with Daisy and Zuc
Homewood, Alabama
September 2022
(photo by Debra Ghigna)