Virginia Fowler

Virginia Fowler

Virginia Fowler



313 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-6919


Department Membership



  • African-American Literature
  • Women writers
  • Poetry of Nikki Giovanni
  • Gloria Naylor’s fiction
  • Henry James

Professional Activities

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies in English
  • Director of Literature and Language Program


  • Ph.D. English, U of Pittsburgh
  • M.A. English, U of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. English, U of Kentucky

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Academy of Faculty Service, 2015
    • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, 2012
    • Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Non-fiction, Appalachian Heritage, 2009

    Selected Publications


    • Nikki Giovanni: A Literary Biography.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013. 
    • Gloria Naylor: In Search of Sanctuary.  New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1996.
    • Nikki Giovanni.  New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1992.
    • Henry James's American Girl: The Embroidery on the Canvas.   Madison, Wisconsin & London, England: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1984. 

    Edited Books

    Conversations With Nikki Giovanni.  Jackson, Mississippi: The University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

    Journal Articles

    • ""Tennessean by Birth"." Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians. 40.4 (2012): 14-22.
    • “‘And This Poem Recognizes That’: Embracing Contrarieties in the Poetry of Nikki Giovanni.”  In Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry, ed. by Felicia Mitchell, pp. 112-35.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002.
    • "A Nikki Giovanni Chronology."  Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians. 40.4 (2012): 51-62
    • “Nikki Giovanni’s Appalachian Ties.”  Appalachian Heritage 36, 3 (2008): 42-50.