I am Alice Driver, a writer from rural Arkansas based in Mexico. My longform writing, audio and video work focuses on migration, human rights and gender equality. I was born at home in Oark, Arkansas, a town of 200, in a house built by my potter father and my weaver mother. I attended Berea College in rural Kentucky, which was founded in 1855 to educate freed slaves and students with limited economic resources. Berea College charges no tuition, and thanks to their mission, I was able to take the years of economic risk needed to become a writer. I published More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2015) which I completed during my postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Writing is how I seek justice and equality in a world that is far from that.
I have received first aid training for combat and wilderness wounds through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) and Hostile Environment & Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT) in Oxford, England in 2017. I am a contributor at Longreads where I report on migration in Central America. Buzzfeed included my work in 8 Visual Stories That Will Challenge Your View of the World and National Geographic photo editor Mallory Benedict included my work in the best photos of 2017 taken by women. In 2017, I 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. I am working with the Center for Women's Global Leadership to help create a handbook for journalists covering violence against women. In 2019, I traveled with Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong and his documentary team along the US-Mexico border during President Trump's National Emergency, and the results of that work will be exhibited at Dallas Contemporary Museum in 2020. I am currently working on a global migration project with National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer.
Photo: Luis Garvan