Eliza Griswold

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Eliza Griswold is a poet and journalist who works on issues of social justice, religion, politics and the environment abroad and at home in America. A contributing writer for The New Yorker since 2003, she has also written and translated four books of nonfiction and poetry.

Griswold was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for her book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.

She was recently awarded a PEN prize for her 2014 book, I Am The Beggar of the World which traces the secret life of women and poetry in Afghanistan. Her 2011 non-fiction book, The Tenth Parallel, a New York Times Bestseller, was awarded the Lukas Prize. 

A graduate of Princeton, she has held fellowships at Harvard University, New America, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010. Her poems and reportage have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Atlantic, among many others. 

 

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Eliza Griswold awarded a Pulitzer Prize

New Yorker writer ELIZA GRISWOLD was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for her book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of AmericaA classic American story, grippingly told, of an Appalachian family struggling to retain its middle class status in the shadow of destruction wreaked by corporate fracking, Amity and Prosperity tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town and one woman’s transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist. Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

Heralded for following the stories that need to be told, Griswold's work explores issues of social justice, religion, politics and the environment, abroad and at home in America, with tremendous detail, humanity and insight. Griswold's reporting on water, fracking and human health became the subject of her TEDxColumbiaSIPA TEDTalk. She was previously awarded a prestigious PEN prize for her book, I Am the Beggar of the World, which traces the secret life of women and poetry in Afghanistan. Her earlier non-fiction book, The Tenth Parallel-- a New York Times Bestseller that was awarded the Lukas Prize-- is a riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds.

In conversations that are equal parts informative and awe-inspiring, Griswold brings our world, politics and culture to life with remarkable first-hand accounts drawn from her years travelling the world as a writer and journalist. 

 

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Eliza Griswold is a poet and journalist who works on issues of social justice, religion, politics and the environment abroad and at home in America. A contributing writer for The New Yorker since 2003, she has also written and translated four books of nonfiction and poetry.

Griswold was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for her book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.

She was recently awarded a PEN prize for her 2014 book, I Am The Beggar of the World which traces the secret life of women and poetry in Afghanistan. Her 2011 non-fiction book, The Tenth Parallel, a New York Times Bestseller, was awarded the Lukas Prize. 

A graduate of Princeton, she has held fellowships at Harvard University, New America, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010. Her poems and reportage have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Atlantic, among many others.