Valerie Boyd is author of the award-winning Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. She is currently curating and editing a collection of Alice Walker’s personal journals, which span more than 50 years. Simon & Schuster/37 Ink will publish Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker in 2017. A former arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyd has written about the intersection of race, arts and culture for such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, Paste, Ms., Essence and Atlanta Magazine. Boyd is also a journalism professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Georgia, where she directs the new low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.