Eliza Griswold
Eliza Griswold, a contributing writer covering religion, politics, and the environment, has been writing for The New Yorker since 2003. She has written and translated four books of nonfiction and poetry. She is the author, most recently, of “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America,” a 2018 Times Notable Book and a Times Critics’ Pick, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, in 2019. Griswold has held fellowships at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New America Foundation, among others, and has been awarded various prizes, including the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, a pen Translation Prize, and the Rome Prize for her poetry. Her second book of poems, “If Men, Then,” will be published in 2020. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
All Work
On Religion
Teaching Democrats to Speak Evangelical
The faith-based organization Vote Common Good aims to help Democratic candidates connect with religious voters who have become disenchanted with the excesses of the Trump Administration.
By Eliza GriswoldOctober 19, 2019
PoemsSeptember 23, 2019 Issue
“First Person”
A poet’s “I” is not herself.
By Eliza GriswoldSeptember 16, 2019
News Desk
Yoga Reconsiders the Role of the Guru in the Age of #MeToo
In traditional yogic practice, devotion to the guru is meant to symbolize devotion to the teachings, not to the man. But in the Western context gurus become rock stars, and students compete for their favor.
By Eliza GriswoldJuly 23, 2019
The Radically Inclusive Christianity of Rachel Held Evans
The formidable figure in contemporary Christianity called for an intersectional approach that embraced people of color, L.G.B.T.Q. people, and women in all roles in the church.
By Eliza GriswoldMay 6, 2019
On Religion
God, Guns, and Country: The Evangelical Fight Over Firearms
Shane Claiborne is part of a wave of millennial evangelicals who are distancing themselves from American conservatism, especially when it comes to gun culture.
By Eliza GriswoldApril 19, 2019
On Religion
The Renegade Nuns Who Took On a Pipeline
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ see protecting the earth as part of their religious duty. When an energy company started building on their land, they fought back.
By Eliza GriswoldApril 10, 2019
On Religion
The Violent Toll of Hindu Nationalism in India
A populist Prime Minister has legitimized India’s more militant groups, and targeted attacks against religious minorities are on the rise.
By Eliza GriswoldMarch 5, 2019
On Religion
The Lutheran Pastor Calling for a Sexual Reformation
In her new book, “Shameless,” Nadia Bolz-Weber sets out to build a sexual ethic around human flourishing rather than around rules encoded by men centuries ago.
By Eliza GriswoldFebruary 8, 2019
On Religion
Conservative Evangelicals Attempt to Disentangle Their Faith from Trumpism
Karen Swallow Prior stands at the vanguard of a new movement of Christians looking to reclaim their faith from the regressive politics that have co-opted it.
By Eliza GriswoldJanuary 8, 2019
On Religion
Evangelicals of Color Fight Back Against the Religious Right
The community is working to gain more influence in the church to counter racist and xenophobic Trump-era rhetoric.
By Eliza GriswoldDecember 26, 2018
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