Valerie Boyd is a professor of journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Georgia, where she founded and directs the low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.

She is author of the critically acclaimed Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, which was hailed by Alice Walker as “magnificent” and “extraordinary”; by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exhilarating”; and by the Denver Post as “a rich, rich read.” Formerly arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Valerie has written articles, essays and reviews for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, Creative Nonfiction, The Oxford American, Essence and Atlanta Magazine, among other publications. Valerie has spent the past several years curating and editing a collection of the personal journals of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2022. Valerie’s edited collection, Bigger Than Bravery: Black Writers on the Pandemic, Shutdown and Uprising of 2020, also will be published in 2022.

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