Alice Driver is a freelance journalist and translator whose work focuses on migration, human rights, and gender equality. She was born at home in Oark, Arkansas, a town of 200, in a house built by her potter father and her weaver mother.  Driver is currently based in Mexico City. She is the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona 2015) which she completed during her postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. She received a 2017 Images and Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship and 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellowship and also participated in the Women's Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices 2017 media and leadership training program

Driver has received first aid training for combat and wilderness wounds through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) and she completed Hostile Environment & Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT) in Oxford, England in 2017. She is currently partnering with Longreads Originals to produce a series of articles on migration in Central America. Buzzfeed recently included her work in 8 Visual Stories That Will Challenge Your View of the World and National Geographic photo editor Mallory Benedict included her work in the best photos of 2017 taken by women.  In 2017, she was invited by the Nobel Women's Initiative to join Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman and Rigoberta Menchú as they traveled to Guatemala and Honduras to highlight the work of human rights activists in indigenous communities.  She is currently working with the Center for Women's Global Leadership to help create a handbook for journalists covering violence against women. 

Driver's longform writing and documentary photography have been featured in The New York Times Women in the World, CNN, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic CityLab, Oxford American, Longreads Originals, Lenny Letter, National Geographic, The World Policy Journal, The Guardian, The Texas Observer, Al Jazeera English, Pacific Standard, Longform, Arkansas Life and Ms. Magazine. She has appeared on BBC News, HuffPostLive, I24 News, and NTN24 to discuss her work and has given lectures at universities and museums in the US and Latin America. 

"You have to be passionate enough and crazy enough about what you want to do in an existential kind of way to where you will do without other things. I mean, if other material objects or a certain lifestyle or a certain materialistic state, if those are more important to you than the creative work, then you’re not going to become an artist." - Stephen Driver

"So much of the world needs the muscle found in true words. Please keep sending what your head and belly make as one loaf." - poet Nikky Finney

"Identify what it is you want to do and without necessarily understanding it, completely commit. It’s risky. It’s like what Bolaño said in his famous Venezuela speech, ‘What is good writing? It’s not good writing. It’s knowing that writing is looking into an abyss.’ Sometimes the abyss will destroy you." - writer Francisco Goldman

"But if I had been smart and career motivated at a young age like I probably should have been, and seen the writing on the wall, I'd be doing what Alice is doing, writing like a motherfucker, hammering out words strung together picked from thin air, holding them up to the light and polishing them up, and setting them out like pieces to decorate the yard, like furniture." - my uncle, Lee Driver


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