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Tope Folarin, Nigerian American author, on WOWD-LP Takoma Radio

Epic City radio program hosted by Carolivia Herron on WOWD-LP Takoma Radio, 94.3 FM Tuesdays 4-5 PM, Streamed live on

On the afternoon of August 2, 2016, (4-5 PM, 94.3 FM) Carolivia will have a radio conversation with Tope Folarin, the Nigerian American author who recently received the prestigious Caine award for an African short story. Read about Folarin in the Washington Post article, Tope Folarin finds his place in the literary world (July 23, 2016). Tope and Carolivia will talk about Tope’s short stories Miracle and The Summer of Ice Cream.

Next Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Patsy Fletcher, author of Historically African American Leisure Destination Around Washington, DC, will have a conversation with Carolivia.

Carolivia Herron: Promoting Epic Intersections in art and community

Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? DO IT!

And check out my writerly pep talk.

Epics run through my life. I loved Milton as a child. I studied classics, earning a PhD, and taught Epic Literature at major universities. I wrote an epic as a children’s book – Nappy Hair – and left academia to pursue a dream of helping others find the epic story within communities and individuals.

Today I write and help others see the story within them. I travel the country speaking and leading seminars. I work with educators and schools to help reduce absenteeism and increase graduation rates. I talk to Jewish groups about my unusual Jewish Africana history, speaking on topics as varied as “Why I am not going to say anything about Ferguson” or “Banned in Brooklyn: The Judaic Journey of Nappy Hair from Washington DC to New York City.” And I speak about topics connected to my other books, such as the Geechee/Jewish connection in Always An Olivia and the family folklore quality of Little Georgia And the Apples.

I publish others, host a weekly radio show featuring local writers and artists, …. I mentor Washington DC youth as they develop their literary and performing arts skills.


The latest from Carolivia Herron

Book Cover for Peacesong DC

Carolivia’s latest book, Peacesong DC went to press on her 69th birthday, July 22, 2016. Peacesong DC consists of fictionalized autobiographical chapters extracted and amended from Carolivia Herron’s longer work, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, in order to highlight the Washington DC aspect of the author’s identity.

In Peacesong DC Carolivia’s persona, Shirah Shulamit Ojero has four loves, her African American culture, her Jewish heritage, academic study — especially the study of literary epics — and her city, Washington, DC. Peacesong DC displays the interconnection of these four loves as Shirah grows up in the Washington DC neighborhoods of Mayfair Mansions, Kenilworth, Anacostia, Takoma DC. and downtown.

If you would like to have Carolivia talk about her latest book, contact her at Available for purchase in paperback on Barnes & Noble or papberback and Kindle on Amazon.

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Carolivia’s blog posts focus on her work as an author, educator, publisher; her relationships with writers and artists; and on her relationships to social and political leaders and their issues.

Thereafter Johnnie on 100 Must Read Jewish Novels

Cover of Thereafter Johnnie
Thereafter Johnnie

I’m honored to be in this company. Last night my friend Jessica Weissman told me that my first novel, Thereafter Johnnie, is Number 77 on Book Riot’s list of 100 Must Read Works of Jewish fiction.

The list author is Michelle Anne Schingler, a former librarian and Hebrew school teacher, is an associate editor at ForeWord Reviews. Michelle introduces her list with a personal comment about why she compiled the list:

Reading through the diverse and ever-expanding Jewish literary canon is a natural way to work toward understanding a community that, while comparatively small, is incredibly diverse. This list draws Jewish voices in from all corners of the diaspora, from several continents as well as from Israel itself. The voices on it have different conceptions of what it means to be Jewish; some of these novels embrace the tradition self-consciously, some are more ambivalent about it, and some don’t mention religious traditions at all.