Blanche Boyd

Blanche Boyd

Roman and Tatiana Weller Professor Emeritus of English

Joined Connecticut College: 1982-2022

B.A. in English, Pomona College
M.A., Stanford University


Fiction writing

Narrative nonfiction

Blanche McCrary Boyd was, until her retirement in 2022, the Roman and Tatiana Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Connecticut College.

Her novel, Tomb of the Unknown Racist, was released in May 2018. Earlier books include the novels The Revolution of Little Girls and Terminal Velocity, and a collection of autobiographical essays, The Redneck Way of Knowledge. Her short story "The Black Hand Girl” was included in Best American Short Stories 1989.

Among Boyd’s awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fiction Fellowship, a Creative Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Lambda Award for Lesbian Fiction. She graduated from Pomona College and holds a master of arts degree in English from Stanford, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing. She is a member of P.E.N., the Authors Guild, the Writers Guild of America and Phi Beta Kappa.

A native of South Carolina, Boyd has taught at Connecticut College since 1982.

Visit her personal website to learn more about her work.

Visit the English department website.

Majoring in English.

I never read anything that couldn't be shorter.

Blanche Boyd

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Blanche Boyd
Connecticut College
Box # ENGLISH/Blaustein Humanities Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


318 Blaustein Humanities Center