Poet/Journalist: Eliza Griswold

On May 26th poet and journalist Eliza Griswold read an excerpt from her forthcoming book The Tenth Parallel, as well as new poems inspired by her experiences as a war correspondent, her time in Rome, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Griswold is currently a Rome Prize winner and fellow at the American Academy of Rome.  She has also been a fellow at the New America Foundation  and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Griswold has won award for both her poetry and nonfiction and was awarded the first Robert I. Friedman Award for investigative reporting. Her journalism and war correspondence has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s among others. A collection of her poems, Wideawake Field was published by FSG in 2007 and her new nonfiction book, The Tenth Parallel, also on FSG is due out in late summer.

Eliza Griswold

Eliza Griswold gives a brief history of The Tenth Parallel

On Griswold’s forthcoming work, her publisher states:  “Award-winning investigative journalist and poet, Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the equator and the tenth parallel: in Nigeria, the Sudan, and Somalia, and in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The stories she tells in The Tenth Parallel show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. Above all, she makes clear that, for the people she writes about, one’s sense of God is shaped by one’s place on earth; along the tenth parallel, faith is geographic and demographic. 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.”

Carlos Dews & Eliza Griswold after the reading