Carolivia Herron

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Carolivia Herron (born Carol Olivia Herron[1] on July 22, 1947) is a Jewish American writer of children's and adult literature, and a scholar of African-American Judaica.

Personal life[edit]

She was born to Oscar Smith Herron and Georgia Carol (Johnson) Herron, in Washington D.C.

Herron converted to Judaism in adulthood, and she has paternal-line Jewish descent from her grandmother via Jewish Geechees.[1]

She is a founding member of "Jews of African Descent."

Education[edit]

She has a BA in English from Eastern Baptist College in Pennsylvania (now Eastern University). She earned an M.A. in English from Villanova University in 1973, and an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in comparative literature and literary theory from the University of Pennsylvania.

Herron spent a postdoctoral research year at Brandeis University investigating the subject of African American Jews.

Writing[edit]

Her debut novel, Thereafter Johnnie, a semi-autobiographical portrayal of African-American life, was critically well received.

Her critically acclaimed picture book Nappy Hair, a call and response story based on her own experiences as a child, was the cause of massive controversy when a New York City public school teacher was accused of racism after using it in the classroom.

Herron edited the papers of Angelina Weld Grimke for Oxford University Press.

Many of her writings, including her multimedia novel in progress, "Asenath and Our Song of Songs," refer to the intersections between Judaic and African cultures.

Her latest children's book, Always an Olivia, recounts the coming of Herron's Jewish ancestors from Tripoli, Libya, to the Georgia Sea Islands in the Americas.[1]

Teaching[edit]

Herron has taught literature at many institutions, including Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Brandeis University, and Marien N'Guabi University in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

She also teaches children directly.

Scholarship[edit]

Her scholarship includes work on African-American Judaica. Her scholarship also includes work on children's literature, multicultural literature, and Star Trek. Herron is currently developing Epicenter Stories to assist in her work with children, literacy, and multiculturalism.

Bibliography[edit]

Adult[edit]

  • Thereafter Johnnie, 1991

Children's[edit]

  • Nappy Hair, 1997
  • Always an Olivia, 2007

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Selected works of Angelina Weld Grimké, 1991

References[edit]

  • *'Carolivia Herron.' Notable Black American Women, Book 3. Gale Group, 2002.
  1. ^ a b c Ghert-Zand, Renee (June 24, 2012). "Always a Jew, Always an Olivia". The Times of Israel. 

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