Valerie Boyd

Valerie Boyd is the author of the critically acclaimed Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston and editor of the forthcoming Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker (Simon & Schuster, April 2022) and Bigger Than BraveryBlack Writers on the Year That Changed the World (Lookout Books, Fall 2022). She is an associate professor 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. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit, the Oxford American, Essence, and Atlanta magazine, among other publications. She is the senior consulting editor for the Bitter Southerner and an editor at large at UGA Press.