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‘Every goodbye ain’t gone’: remembering the life and work of Valerie Boyd

The beloved writer and editor, who edited 35 years of Alice Walker’s journals, died earlier this year and left behind a remarkable new book about Black resilience Valerie Boyd loved bringing together creatives who captured her discerning attention. Her “gatherings” as she called them, were like heirloom recipes melding the flavors of this award-winning author with that impassioned visual artist; a dash of Southern cuisine chef, a taste of talented photographer. It was her joy to ignite coalescence, to bake meaningful connections into fruitful coalitions, into nourishing community. “In these troubled times, it’s crucial for us to seek out and privilege moments of joy and delight. This will be one of those moments,” Boyd wrote. Continue reading...

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