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Valerie Boyd, Biographer of Zora Neale Hurston, Dead at 58

Valerie Boyd—a well-known journalist, biographer and professor at the University of Georgia—died over the weekend. She was 58 years old.   Valerie BoydValerie Boyd

The author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, Boyd was an associate professor of journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

 â€śValerie Boyd’s towering prose, gentle spirit and moral compass will be greatly missed by all of us,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College. “She possessed a rare combination of gift and grit, a colleague who, once she set to a task, never let go. Her work with our MFA program set the course for what has become a family of writers – a family that grieves today, but also celebrates what she helped to build.

A former arts editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyd spent the last several years curating and editing the journals of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker is scheduled to be published this spring.

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