Eliza Griswold is a critically acclaimed poet and award winning journalist, with interest and expertise in a wide range of fascinating topics. In 2007, she released Wideawake Field, a collection of poems published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The works focus on different forms of desolation, and what it means to feel at home in places of destruction. In 2011 she published The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, a riveting piece of journalism that explores the geographic spaces where Christianity and Islam collide.
Griswold is a fellow at the New America Foundation, received a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her journalism has appeared inThe Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s Magazine, among others. A 2007 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she was awarded the first Robert I. Friedman Award for investigative reporting.Download Bio
The Tenth Parallel
Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds The tenth parallel—the line of latitude seven hundred miles north...
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The chairs have come in and the crisp yellow thwock of the ball being hit says somehow, now that it’s fall, I’m a memory of myself. My whole old...
“Eliza Griswold’s talent runs through this book like a blinding light. Through her daring travel, quiet observation, empathy and gift for language, she humanizes and clarifies conflicts in Africa and Asia that are often neglected or misunderstood. The Tenth Parallel is both vitally important and beautifully written.”
—Steve Coll, author of The Bin Ladens
“In this revolutionary work, Griswold has dedicated the last seven years of her life to traveling in the world's least known places to explore the encounter between Christianity and Islam in Africa and Asia. She has brought back the unforgettable stories of Christians and Muslims along the tenth parallel whose faith is shaping the world's future. Griswold's courageous pilgrimage changes the way we think about Christianity and Islam by exploding any simplistic "clash" narrative. She returns us to the most basic truth of human existence: that the world and its people are interconnected.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Praise for Wideawake Field
“Eliza Griswold’s brief poems excel in that most difficult work of the writer—not to speak to excess and yet not to say a small thing. Her poems, which treat of both personal intimacy and of the anguish so present now in our trouble-laden world are, at the same time, concise, resonant, empathetic, angry, and luminous.”
“Eliza Griswold's Wideawake Field is a book of compelling authority by a young poet who already understands, and stands ready to renew, poetry's most ancient tasks—to bring the news, to sing the human in the midst of its destruction, to register truths, to open our eyes. The broken world is one world in her poems. She draws tenderness from brutality, an idyll from a panic, and lyric not from interlude, but everywhere.”