Eliza Griswold

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Eliza Griswold
Born (1973-02-09) February 9, 1973 (age 42)
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Journalist, Poet

Eliza Griswold (born February 9, 1973) is an American journalist and poet. She was a fellow at the New America Foundation from 2008 to 2010 and won a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.[1] She is a former Nieman Fellow, and has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine.

Life and work[edit]

Eliza Griswold graduated from Princeton University in 1995[2] and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University.She won the first Robert I. Friedman Prize in Investigative Journalism in 2004, for "In the Hiding Zone", about Pakistan's Waziristan Agency. She worked with Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan, who acted as her handler.[3]

Griswold has written widely on the "war on terror".[4]

Griswold published "Wideawake Field", a book of poetry, on May 17, 2007.[5][6][7] A second book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, is a travelogue about the regions of the world along the line of latitude where Christianity and Islam clash.[8] In 2011 Griswold was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for the The Tenth Parallel. [9] She was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow.[10]

In 2011 in the New York Times Magazine, she published an investigative report, The Fracturing of Pennsylvania, which investigated the environmentally-questionable practices of fracking companies such as Range Resources. In 2015, for the NYTimes Magazine she wrote about the demise of Christianity in the Mideast.[11]

Griswold was a 2014 Ferris Professor at Princeton University and currently teaches at Columbia University.

In 2015, Griswold's translation from the Pashto of I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation [12]


Eliza Griswold is the daughter of Frank Griswold, the 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. She married Christopher Allen on June 8, 1996.[13]





  1. ^ "Career Planning for CMES AM Students". Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University. 2006–2007. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  2. ^ Princeton Alumni Weekly.
  3. ^ Dietz, Bob (September 20, 2006). "The Last Story: Hayatullah Khan". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Amy Crawford (December 1, 2006). "An interview with Eliza Griswold, author of "Waging Peace in the Philippines"". Smithsonian magazine. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  5. ^ Wideawake Field. Macmillan.
  6. ^ Eliza Griswold (May 17, 2007). Wideawake Field. Farrar Straus & Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-29930-9. 
  7. ^ Jessica Winter. "It’s Not Enough to Feel This". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  8. ^ Robinson, Linda (2010-08-19). "Book Review - The Tenth Parallel - By Eliza Griswold". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Columbia, Nieman Foundation announce winners of the 2011 Lukas Prize Project". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Eliza Grizwold". Guggenheim Foundation.
  11. ^ "Is this the end of chrisianity in the middle east". 
  12. ^ http://www.pen.org/blog/announcing-2015-pen-literary-award-winners#sthash.nzqwat0B.dpuf
  13. ^ "WEDDINGS;Eliza Griswold, Christopher Allen". The New York Times. 1996-06-09. 

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