TFA Graduate Fellows Program

Fellows 2016

Boyce Upholt

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Purpose Statement: Building connections by documenting the world.

Boyce Upholt is a freelance writer and editor, based in Cleveland, Mississippi. Raised in Connecticut, he taught high school math as a Teach For America corps member in South Dakota, and moved to Mississippi to work for the organization in 2009. He is a graduate of Haverford College, and received an MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College, and is currently at work on a book about the Mississippi River.

Boyce is the co-founder of Upror Media, a documentary storytelling collective that will serve as his social entrepreneurship project. Upror Media works with organizations and local businesses committed to community development, and tells the stories that help people connect with their environment and neighbors.

Fun Fact: Boyce has spent the night in 46 different states. 


The planet is a wild place and always will be.
— Gary Snyder
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