Venise T. Berry
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|Venise T. Berry|
|Born||Venise Torriana Berry
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
|Alma mater||University of Iowa, University of Texas, Austin|
|Employer||University of Iowa|
|Notable work(s)||So Good|
|Home town||Des Moines, Iowa|
|Relatives||S. Torriano Berry (brother)|
Venise T. Berry is an award-winning American novelist known for her novels about contemporary African-American relationships. With her brother S. Torriano Berry, she has also written several books on African-American cinema.
Venise Torriana Berry is the oldest of three children born to Virgil and Jean Berry. She received a BA in Journalism and an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. From the University of Texas at Austin, she received a Ph.D. in Radio, TV and Film.
An Associate Professor of Journalism and African American Studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Berry is the author of three national bestselling novels: "So Good" (1996), "All of Me" (2000) and "Colored Sugar Water" (2002). She is co-author with S. Torriano Berry of The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel, 2001) and The Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 2007).
Awards and recognition
- 2001: Honor Book Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association for All of Me
- 2001: Iowa Author Award, Public Library Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa
- 2003: Creative Contribution to Literature Award, Zora Neale Hurston Society
- "Biography - Venise Berry". VeniseBerry.com. Coralville, Iowa: BerryBooks. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- "Journalism professor to discuss experiences as a black woman at UI". The University of Iowa News Services. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa. 1998-02-17. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
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