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Resume, Carolivia Herron


  • 1985 — University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
  • 1985 — University of Pennsylvania. M.A. in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing
  • 1973 — Villanova University, M.A. English Literature
  • 1969 — Eastern Baptist College, B.A. in English Literature
    Regular Appointments

Academic Positions and Appointments

  • 1998-2000 — Assistant Professor of English, California State University, Chico,
  • 1994-1998 — Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University, Harvard University School of Education and School of Divinity, MIT, Hebrew College. Teaching Jewish Africana, Electronic Education, African American Literature, Children’s Literature.
  • 1990-1991 — Associate Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College
  • 1986-1990— Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies and Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University,

Selected Visiting or Positions and Appointments

  • 2011-continuing — The Learning Community, International, Educational Consultant
  • 2011-2013 — Arizona State University, Distinguished Project Humanities Visiting Scholar
  • 2002-2004 — College of William and Mary, Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
  • 2001-2002 — Children’s Studio School, Creative Writing Teacher and Administrator
  • 2000-continuing — PAUSE writing programs at six elementary schools, Washington, DC Public Schools,
  • 2001, Spring — Grinnell College,  English Department teaching “Star Trek as American Epic”
  • 2000-fall University of Binghamton, Creative Writing Professor
  • 2000-summer — Hollins University, Visiting Professor in Children’s Literature
  • 1991 — Brandeis University, Visiting lecturer, Hebraic elements of African American Literature
  • 1989 — Classical Association of New England, Visiting Professor for Summer Seminar at Dartmouth College, African American Epic
  • 1987-1988 —Visiting Fulbright Professor of African American Literature,Universities Brazzaville, Kongo, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, Zaïre,

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • 2012 — Elizabeth Stone Memorial Award in Children’s Literature, for Always an Olivia
  • 2011 — Be’chol Lashon Media Award for Lifetime Achievement for books exemplifying excellence in portraying diversity in Jewish children’s literature
  • 2010 — Exceptional Women in the Arts award for outstanding work in Operatic Arts, from Washington, DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser
  • 2008 — District of Columbia Humanities Council Award, Oral History of Takoma Theatre in Washington DC.
  • 1998 —Awards for Nappy Hair: Parenting Magazine Reading Magic; Marion Vanett Rigway; Patterson Poetry Center
  • 1995 — American Library Association selection for Thereafter Johnnie, Fifty Books That Must Be Read By Adults (for books published between 1990-95)
  • 1988-89 — Yale University Library Fellowships, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Folger Shakespeare Library
  • 1988 — National Endowment for the  Humanities (NEH), Curriculum Development Grant in African American Studies
  • 1988 — Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Fellowship
  • 1987 — National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Grant
  • 1987 — Mellon Foundation Grant to establish the Epicenter for Epic Literature at Harvard University
  • 1986 — Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy Grant to organize an  African American Poetry and Politics conference
  • 1986 —National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Visit to Collections Grant, University of Jamaica, Mona, Jamaica
  • 1985 — Post-Doctoral Fulbright Fellow to the University  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Selected Productions and Publications

  • 2015 — LET FREEDOM SING: THE STORY OF MARIAN ANDERSON, libretto Carolivia Herron, music Bruce Adolphe, illustrations Keshini Laduwahetty
  • 2014 — ASENATH AND THE ORIGIN OF NAPPY HAIR, novel, Street to Street Epic Publications
  • 2013 — “AN OCEAN CAN DRY INTO SILENCE,” libretto, Composer Ellen Harrison, premiere 4/28/2013 Cincinnati, OH
  • 2008, 2012 — PRODUCTION OF OPERA, LET FREEDOM SING: THE STORY OF MARIAN ANDERSON, libretto by Carolivia Herron, music by Bruce Adolphe for Washington National Opera and Washington Performing Arts Society
  • 2009 — “What Is African American Epic Tradition?” ROOMS OUTLAST US, Articles Press, 2, 2009.
  • 2007 — ALWAYS AN OLIVIA, (African American Jewish autobiography), Kar-Ben
  • 2005 — LITTLE GEORGIA AND THE APPLES, (children’s fiction) Authorhouse
  • 2004 — THE JOURNEY OF PHILLIS WHEATLEY libretto, Boston Landmarks Orchestra (CD)
  • 2001 — “Where Three Roads Meet,” for Shakespeare Theater OEDIPUS TRILOGY
  • 2001 — “Peacesong” (excerpts) in BRIDGES, (Jewish Women Writings), Summer 2001
  • 1997 — “Chamisa,” (fiction) in BEGINNING ANEW, (Jewish Women Writings) Simon & Schuster
  • 1997 — NAPPY HAIR (children’s fiction), Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • 1996 — “That Place,” (novella), in CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT: THE BEST SHORT STORIES BY BLACK WRITERS, 1967 TO THE PRESENT, (anthology), ed Gloria Naylor, Little, Brown
  • 1996 — “The Old Lady,” (short story) in AFREKETE, (anthology), Doubleday
  • 1991 — THEREAFTER JOHNNIE, (novel), Random House [reprint Authorhouse 2001]
  • 1991 — SELECTED WORKS OF ANGELINA WELD GRIMKÉ,, Oxford University Press
  • 1988 — “Milton and Afro-American Literature,” (critical essay) in RE-MEMBERING MILTON, Methuen