Valerie Boyd, Director of Narrative Nonfiction, is author of the critically acclaimed biography Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, winner of the Southern Book Award and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award.

She is currently curating and editing the journals of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Simon & Schuster/37 Ink will publish Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker. Formerly arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyd has written articles, essays and reviews for such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Oxford American, Paste, Ms., Essence and Atlanta Magazine. She is a professor of journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she teaches courses in arts reviewing, long-form feature writing, and the intersection of journalism and literature.

Learn more about Valerie Boyd.

Valerie Boyd
Grady College of Journalism
Journalism Building
Athens, GA
Education: 
M.F.A., Goucher College