Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
All the Stories Are True

Valerie Boyd

Valerie Boyd lives in Atlanta, Georgia. A founding officer of the Alice Walker Liteary Society and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, she has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She is the author of Wrapped In Rainbows: The Life Of Zora Neale Hurston. Boyd is also an arts editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As a cultural critic and freelance writer, she has published articles, essays, and reviews in numerous publications. She is the founder and co-founder of innovative journals, including EightRock (on African-American arts and culture) and HealthQuest (on African-American health). The American Library Association selected her biography of Hurston for a 2004 Notable Book Award. The Southern Book Critics Circle chose Wrapped In Rainbows for the 2003 Southern Book Award for best nonfiction book of the year.

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Valerie Boyd
Valerie Boyd
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Octavia E Butler
Samuel R Delany
Walter Dean Myers
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Photograph by Andrea Ferreira
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Lives of Black Women

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