Valerie Boyd, director of the UGA MFA Program in 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.

Boyd is currently curating and editing the journals of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Simon & Schuster will publish Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker in 2022. Also in 2022, Lookout Books will publish her anthology, Bigger Than Bravery: Black Writers on the Year That Changed the World. In addition, Valerie is currently conducting research for her next book, Until Victory: The Trial of Angela Davis and the Making of a Public Revolutionary. A former arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she 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 an associate professor of journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at UGA’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she teaches courses in arts reviewing, long-form feature writing, and the intersection of journalism and literature. In 2017, she received the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities. She recently became editor-at-large at UGA Press and senior consulting editor for The Bitter Southerner.

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