Caroline Randall Williams

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Caroline Randall Williams
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Caroline Randall Williams, December, 2013
Born (1987-08-24) August 24, 1987 (age 30)
Nashville, Tennessee
Residence Nashville, Tennessee
Known for Soul Food Love
Awards NAACP Image Award

Caroline Randall Williams (born August 24, 1987[1]) is an American author, poet and academic best known for the 2015 cookbook Soul Food Love,[2] co-written with her mother, the author Alice Randall, and published by Random House. In February, 2016, Soul Food Love received the NAACP Image Award in Literature (Instructional).[3]

In 2015, her book of poetry, Lucy Negro Redux was published by Ampersand Books.[4] Lucy Negro, Redux is currently being adapted as a ballet by the Nashville Ballet. [5]


Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a graduate of Harvard University, class of 2010. After graduation, she spent two years as an instructor in the Teach for America program. She received the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi in 2015.[6] She is the great granddaughter of Arna Bontemps,[7] the African-American poet, novelist and noted member of the Harlem Renaissance,[8] and the granddaughter of Avon Williams, the Nashville lawyer and key leader of the city's civil rights movement. In January 2015, she was named by Southern Living magazine as one of the "50 People Changing the South in 2015."[9] In 2015, she joined the faculty of West Virginia University as an assistant professor.[10] In 2016 she was appointed Writer-In-Residence at Fisk University.[11] [12]


Soul Food Love

Published by Random House in 2015, Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family is co-authored by Williams and her mother, the novelist Alice Randall. According to the publisher, the book relates the authors’ fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the 20th century), explores the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage.[13]

Lucy Negro Redux

Williams' debut book of poetry was published in 2015 by Ampersand Books. It is described by Erica Wright in a review appearing in the Nashville Scene as a "genre-challenging poetry collection (that) gamble in that riskiest of risky literary arenas, Shakespeare's personal life. And (the poems) do so with such grit, music and honesty that readers will find themselves rooting for the poet's theory — that Shakespeare once had a black lover and immortalized her in verse — to be true." [14] Lucy Negro, Redux is currently being adapted as a ballet by Nashville Ballet.

The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess

Co-written by Williams and Randall, the book was published by Turner Publishing Company in 2012. According to the publisher, the middle-grade fantasy book is the tale of one young woman's adventure to pass her Official Princess Test, discover a means of escape from her island, and reveal her true destiny.[15] The book received the following accolades: The NAACP Image Award for Youth Literature, 2013 (nomination),[16] Cybils Award in Middle Grade Fantasy, 2012 (nomination)[17] and the Harlem Book Fair's Phillis Wheatley Award for Young Adult Readers, 2013 (winner).[18]


  1. ^ "Interview: Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams, Shadra Strickland". Retrieved 2015-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Soul Food Love by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 2015-01-20. 
  3. ^ "NAACP Image Awards - Inside the Show". Archived from the original on 2016-08-28. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  4. ^ Lucy Negro Redux (ISBN 978-09861370-1-3), Ampersand Books.
  5. ^ "Nashville Ballet's Paul Vasterling Selected for The Center for Ballet and the Arts 2017-2018 Fellows Program". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Caroline Randall Williams". LinkedIn profile. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  7. ^ "Caroline Williams and Alberta Bontemps". AliceRandall,com. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Day 12: Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams". The Brown Bookshelf. Retrieved 2015-01-20. 
  9. ^ "Caroline Randall Williams, Writer - 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015". Southern Living. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Nashville Moment: Caroline Randall Williams - Nashville Lifestyles". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Poet Caroline Randall Williams returns to Nashville to take a new post at Fisk". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  12. ^ "Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations—Caroline Randall Williams, Author/ Poet/ Teacher - Word Of Mouth Conversations". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  13. ^ "- Soul Food Love -". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  14. ^ Wright, Erica (October 8, 2015). "Black as Hell, Dark as Night". Nashville Scene. 
  15. ^ "Adventure Fiction, Children's Books, Fiction, The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess". Archived from the original on 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  16. ^ "2013 Image Awards Nominations". NAACP. Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  17. ^ "2012 Nominations: Fantasy/Science Fiction". Cybils Awards. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  18. ^ "2013 Wheatley Book Award Winners". AALBC. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 

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