Eliza Griswold is the author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and her original poetry won the 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Art and Letters in Rome. She has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University.
Her latest book, Amity and Prosperity, was released in June 2018. It recounts the true story of how fracking shattered one Pennsylvania town and how one resident brought it to light. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, Eliza Griswold lives in New York with her husband and son. Follow her on Twitter.Download Bio
Amity and ProsperityOne Family and the Fracturing of America
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold’s Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America.
I Am the Beggar of the WorldLandays from Contemporary Afghanistan
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Afghans revere poetry, particularly the high literary forms that derive from Persian or Arabic. But the poem above is a folk couplet—a landay, an ancient oral and anonymous form created by and for mostly illiterate people: the more than 20 million Pashtun women who span the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Tenth ParallelDispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds. An urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power, The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion, nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to come.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The poems in this fierce debut are an attempt to record what matters. As a reporter's dispatches, they concern themselves with different forms of desolation: what it means to feel at home in wrecked places and then to experience loneliness and dislocation in the familiar.
Evangelical Girls and the #MeToo Movement In her newest journalistic endeavor, Eliza Griswold returns to her roots of reporting on religion. Once again using immersive techniques, she talks about the unique reaction to the #MeToo reckoning of sexual harassment among young evangelical women.
Writing About Rural America After spending seven years developing Amity and Prosperity in Appalachia, Eliza Griswold reflects on a post-Trump understanding of journalism. In a talk based on an upcoming class she's teaching at NYU, she discusses how best to write about rural America when unfamiliar with it, and how to better listen to the people journalists are writing about.
The Poetry Process Eliza Griswold is an award-winning journalist, but she's also an award-winning poet. Griswold talks about her current poems-in-progress and writing process, her high-culture-meets-low philosophy, and the intersection of her investigative reporting and her poetry.
The Tenth Parallel Eliza Griswold explores the intersection of Islam and Christianity along The Tenth Parallel. She discusses the relationship between religion and resources, and examines how local conflicts go global. The lecture focuses on restoring religion to the discussion of world affairs.
The New York Times Book Review for Amity and Prosperity
Listen to Eliza Griswold with Chris Hayes on the NBC THINK podcast
Read the story of “Buzz” Kiskadden in an excerpt from Amity and Prosperity in The Intercept.
Eliza Griswold writes for Guardian about the USA’s urban-rural divide
Amity and Prosperity featured in a New Republic article on American class
Listen to Eliza Griswold on Boise State Public Radio discussing her early book, The Tenth Parallel
Watch Eliza Griswold speak about Amity and Prosperity at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Read the New York Times review of Amity and Prosperity
Read Eliza Griswold’s New York Times essay on Appalachia’s “resource curse”
Read the feature on Amity and Prosperity in the Observer-Reporter
Listen to the Marketplace interview with Eliza Griswold on her new book
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Read Eliza’s essays and articles in The New Yorker
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Take a look at a prose piece Eliza wrote for The Poetry Foundation
See Eliza’s profile on The Pulitzer Center’s website
Listen to Eliza Griswold’s interview on NPR’s Fresh Air
Read this article Eliza wrote for the BBC, “The 22 Syllables That Can Get You Killed”
Eliza Griswold emphasizes the importance of taking risks in this article she wrote for Outside Online
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Praise for Amity and Prosperity “With empathy and diligence, Griswold brings attention to the emotional and financial tolls Haney and her family endured in this revealing portrait of rural America in dire straits.”
“Veteran journalist Eliza Griswold’s… Amity and Prosperity is part Erin Brockovich, part Hillbilly Elegy. You’ll be inspired by [Stacey Haney, Beth Voyles and Kendra Smith] who called B.S. on what was happening around them, pointing a finger at both money-hungry businessmen and day-tripping liberals studying them like specimens. Their galvanizing activism is proof that, to help someone, first you have to listen.”
“Griswold’s empathetic yet analytical account of Haney’s indefatigable role as advocate for justice is a thorough and thoroughly blood-pressure-raising account of the greed and fraud embedded in the environmentally ruinous natural-gas industry. As honest and unvarnished an account of the human cost of corporate corruption as one will find.”
—Booklist (Starred Review)
Praise for The Tenth Parallel “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