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. His features have also been nominated for Best American Science & Nature Writing, and for James Beard Foundation awards in investigative journalism and food and travel writing.
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 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 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 what we’ve done to it.