Carolivia Herron is the author of Nappy Hair (Knopf, 1997) and Thereafter Johnnie (Random House, 1991). She currently directs PAUSE, (Potomac Anacostia Ultimate Story Exchange), a creative writing email mentoring program. She is also the founder of Epicenter Stories, a non-profit program that provides literacy programs for schools such as Children’s Studio School. The Epicenter also helps neighborhoods to collect their communal epics and to develop them into geographic educational modules. In this respect she is developing “epicentric” adult education programs for the State Education Agency / University of the District of Columbia.
Professor Herron has a doctorate in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and also has degrees from Eastern University, and Villanova University. She has held professorial appointments at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Brandeis University, California State University at Chico, and the College of William and Mary.
Carolivia is also active in social action and religious organizations. At her synagogue, Tifereth Israel Congregation, she oversees the Africa programs of the Social Action Committee and is a volunteer teacher in their Hebrew School. She leads the Jewish Writers Circle of the Jewish Study Center of Washington, DC, is the fiction editor of the Jewish feminist journal, Bridges, and is a board member of Jews United for Justice, an advocacy group for local improvements in labor practices, housing, and education.
Children’s books in progress include High Seas (Kar-Ben) and The Journey of Phillis Wheatley (Boston Landmarks Orchestra). High Seas recounts the coming of Carolivia’s Jewish ancestor from Africa to the Geechee community of the Georgia Sea Islands. The Phillis Wheatley text accompanies the CD publication of the orchestral piece composed by Nikeiru Okoye and conducted by Charles Ansbacher.