“Carvell Wallace’s insightful and deeply touching voice shines through in his journalism, from a feature story about America’s most prominent Black bike racer to a personal essay offering an unexpected angle to our country’s conversation about abortion access. Carvell’s work centers Black experiences with affirming and incisive stories that media sometimes overlooks.”

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Carvell Wallace is a writer and podcaster covering race, arts, culture, film, and music for a wide variety of news outlets. He lives in Oakland, California.

As a magazine contributor, he has written profiles in GQ, Esquire, Glamour, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He has also hosted multiple podcasts, including “Closer Than They Appear,” which explored race and identity in America, and “Finding Fred” which focused on Fred Rogers’ teachings and their use within systems of oppressions.

In 2019, Carvell co-authored “The Sixth Man” with Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala. In that same year, he wrote a profile about Tarell Alvin McCraney for The New York Times Magazine.

Before beginning his writing and freelance career, Carvell spent 15 years in youth non-profit work doing direct case management and program design for youth populations in incarceration and foster care.

Carvell is currently at work on a memoir on childhood trauma and recovery, “Another Word For Love,” and is in development for a podcast about intimacy and liberation called Everyone Is Dying: a Podcast about Love with his creative partner Resham Mantri.