Dionne Ford’s essays and reportage have appeared in The New York Times, More, Ebony, TheRumpus, LiteraryMama and Brain, Child magazine among other publications. The More essay won a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award and a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award. TheRumpus essay appeared in the anthology Soul Mate 101 and Other Essays on Love and Sex.
Her work has been supported by grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, writing fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a guest lecturer commission at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. She has discussed her essays and given commentary on race and identity on National Public Radio, BBC radio, abcnews.com AriseTV, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Prior to freelance and fiction writing, she was a journalist at NBC News and several newspapers earning a New Jersey Press Association honor along the way. She was also briefly an actress and while she did not win any awards, she did get to kiss Ugly Betty’s star, Eric Mabius.
Born in Maine and raised in New Jersey, she has a BA from Fordham University and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. She helped found the Essex county, NJ chapter of the national organization, Mocha Moms, a support group for mothers of color and served as their Vice President. She’s also an active member of Coming to the Table, a community dedicated to healing the legacy of slavery. Her family, both biological and spiritual, spans from New York City to New Orleans, and across the Gulf to Brazil where she lived for a year when she was a teenager. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, Dennis and two daughters.