Venise T. Berry

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Venise T. Berry
Born Venise Torriana Berry
Kansas City, Kansas, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Iowa, University of Texas, Austin
Employer University of Iowa
Notable work 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.[1]


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).[1][2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2001: Honor Book Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association for All of Me[1]
  • 2001: Iowa Author Award, Public Library Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa[1]
  • 2003: Creative Contribution to Literature Award, Zora Neale Hurston Society[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography - Venise Berry". Coralville, Iowa: BerryBooks. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  2. ^ "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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