Alice Driver is a writer from the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. She is reporting The Life and Death of the American Worker, a book about labor rights and immigration (Astra House 2024). She is working on a memoir about her mother's relationship with Maurice Sendak (formal announcement from the publisher forthcoming). In 2022, Driver will be a resident at Mesa Refuge where she is a Michael Pollan Journalism Fellow, a fellow at the Logan Nonfiction Program, and a resident at Jentel Artist Residency. Driver contributed a chapter to the forthcoming labor anthology What Things Cost that includes Wendell Berry, Ocean Vuong and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Contact her agent, Kirsty McLachlan, at Morgan Green Creatives in London, for questions about rights, permissions, and legal issues.
Driver is the author of More or Less Dead (University of Arizona, 2015) and the translator of Abecedario de Juárez (University of Texas, 2022). She is fluent in Spanish and has written about immigration, femicide, labor rights, meatpacking, the US-Mexico border, LGBTQ communities, dry counties, and photography. In 2021, Driver worked on the photo book Red Flag, the fruit of the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The book looks at the impact of coronavirus in Latin America. Jon Lee Anderson wrote the introduction, Driver wrote the text for the book, and Marcela Turati wrote the epilogue.
Driver has worked on publications and projects with The New Yorker (online), National Geographic, Oxford American, The New York Review of Books, Time, Gatopardo, California Sunday Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CNN, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, CBC Radio, PBS, Longreads, Foto Evidence, VII Agency, Magnum Photos, and UNICEF.
Driver was born in rural Arkansas in a house built by her potter father and her weaver mother. She attended Berea College in rural Kentucky, founded in 1855 to educate freed slaves and students with limited economic resources. Berea College charges no tuition, and thanks to its mission, she was able to take the years of financial risk needed to become a writer. Writing is how she seeks justice and equality in a world that is far from that.
In 2017, the Nobel Women's Initiative invited Driver to join Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Rigoberta Menchú on a trip to Guatemala and Honduras to highlight the work of human rights activists in indigenous communities. In 2019, Driver worked with Chinese neorealist painter Liu Xiaodong and his documentary team along the US-Mexico border. She also worked on a global migration project with National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer.
Driver has a Ph.D. (2011) and MA (2008) in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. She studied Spanish and Portuguese at Middlebury College Language Schools. Driver is the recipient of grants, fellowships, and funding from The National Geographic Society, the Pulitzer Center, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Foreign Policy Interrupted, and Images and Voices of Hope. She is certified in Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT).
Image: Self-portrait painted by Liu Xiaodong with Alice Driver on the U.S.-Mexico border (Massimodecarlo Gallery $650,000)
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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