Boyce Upholt is an award-winning freelance writer with a particular interest in the way we shape place and the way places shape us. Boyce was named a 2016 "Writer of the Year" by the International Regional Magazine Association for his work at Mississippi Magazine. His feature writing has been nominated for Best American Science & Nature Writing, and for James Beard Foundation awards in investigative journalism and travel & food writing.
Boyce grew up in suburban Connecticut, taught high school math on a South Dakota Indian reservation, spent years amid the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, and now (sometimes) wears cowboy boots in his home of New Orleans, Louisiana. While on assignment he has trawled the Gulf for wild shrimp, dodged (and eaten) airborne invasive carp, and stayed up all night at a juke joint. He has interviewed Morgan Freeman, champion birddog trainers, and the experts who make your political junk mail.
Boyce received his MFA from Warren Wilson College and was a 2017 fellow with the 11th Hour Food & Farming Journalism program at U.C.-Berkeley. His writing has appeared in, among other publications, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Sierra Magazine, and the Bitter Southerner. He is currently working on a book about the Mississippi River—a history of what we’ve done to it, and a travelogue showing the consequences of those acts.