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 won the 2019 award for investigative journalism from the James Beard Foundation and was named a 2016 "Writer of the Year" by the International Regional Magazine Association.
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, TIME, The Oxford American, and The Believer. 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.