Boyce Upholt is an award-winning Mississippi Delta-based 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, where he is the small-town spotlight editor. Boyce is also a professional member of the James Beard Foundation and a 2017 fellow with the 11th Hour Food & Farming Journalism program at U.C.-Berkeley.
Boyce grew up in Connecticut, taught high school math on a South Dakota Indian reservation, and now (sometimes) wears cowboy boots in Mississippi. 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 is the co-founder, with photographer Rory Doyle, of Upror Media, which trains local organizations and businesses in the power of storytelling. He received his MFA from Warren Wilson College, and his writing has appeared in, among other publications, The Atlantic, the New Republic, USA Today, the Bitter Southerner, Undark, Scalawag, Zocalo Public Square, Roads & Kingdoms, Sugar & Rice, the Houston Chronicle, and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. He is currently working on a book about the Mississippi River and its batture.