NYS Writers Institute, September 27, 2011
In praise, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “Griswold’s courageous pilgrimage changes the way we think about Christianity and Islam…. She returns us to the most basic truth of human existence: that the world and its people are interconnected.” Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Linda Robinson said, “The Tenth Parallel is a beautifully written book, full of arresting stories woven around a provocative issue — whether fundamentalism leads to violence — which Griswold investigates through individual lives rather than caricatures or abstractions. In this tropical region where monsoons and jungles give way to desert, she looks at how history, resources, climate and demographic trends have combined with and shaped the struggle among religions.”
A former Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard, Griswold has covered cultural and military conflicts throughout Africa and Asia. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.A poet as well as a journalist, Griswold is the winner of the 2010 Rome Prize for Poetry. Her debut poetry collection is Wideawake Field (2007), of which Washington Post reviewer Robert Pinsky said, “Ordinary phrases gain extraordinary power in these artful, heartbreaking poems.” Her reportage and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, and The New Republic.
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