Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Calvin Alexander Ramsey is an Atlanta-based playwright, photographer, folk art painter, and children’s book author. His plays have been performed across the United States and his picture books have won numerous awards including an ALA Notable Children’s Book, a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor, and a Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. He is a former Advisory Board Member of the Robert Woodruff Library Special Collections at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award. He is the father of three children, all of whom are writers.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Call of the Wild

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“All for one and one for all.” —The Three Musketeers

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Frank Yerby, James Baldwin, Alexandre Dumas

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

A lifelong passion to write.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Follow your heart.