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
John Chau’s Death on North Sentinel Island Roils the Missionary World
He broke the law in order to preach the gospel. Is he a martyr or not?
By Eliza GriswoldDecember 8, 2018
The Assassination of Raed Fares, and the Day the Syrian Revolution Died
Fares, whose courage and wit had earned him international acclaim, ran a popular radio show in Syria and helped take care of hundreds of thousands of people struggling to survive there.
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 27, 2018
The Current
In the Midterm Elections, Four Women Win in Pennsylvania
The bond between Pennsylvania’s new congresswomen is indicative of the broader solidarity that has been building among women in the #MeToo era.
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 7th 2018, 7:48 P.M.
In the Suburbs of Philadelphia, a Swing Voter Swings
Valerie Ross is exactly the kind of voter—a white, middle-class suburban mom, who now has qualms about her vote for Trump—whom the Democrats are relying on in order to help them retake the House.
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 6, 2018
Can a Mennonite Progressive Win Her Congressional Election in Pennsylvania’s Trump Country?
In the run-up to the midterms, Jess King, a devout Mennonite, Bernie Sanders fan, and all-around long shot, has continued to inch closer to the Republican incumbent, Lloyd Smucker.
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 6, 2018
News Desk
A “Hamilton” Star Goes Canvassing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, During the 2018 Midterms
Leslie Odom, Jr., who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the musical “Hamilton,” went door to door for Scott Wallace in the First District House race, which, because of its national stakes, has turned acrimonious.
By Eliza GriswoldNovember 6, 2018
A Pipeline, a Protest, and the Battle for Pennsylvania’s Political Soul
A project that would pipe combustible fracking by-products through back yards across Pennsylvania has created unexpected opportunities for bipartisanship in a key battleground state.
By Eliza GriswoldOctober 26, 2018
Franklin Graham’s Uneasy Alliance with Donald Trump
The evangelical pastor is well aware of the critique often levelled against him: that he’s more politically and spiritually partisan than his father, Billy.
By Eliza GriswoldSeptember 11, 2018
On Religion
Millennial Evangelicals Diverge from Their Parents’ Beliefs
The separation of families at the border, climate change, and various progressive causes have galvanized young Christians.
By Eliza GriswoldAugust 27, 2018
On Religion
Silence Is Not Spiritual: The Evangelical #MeToo Movement
The women of the #ChurchToo movement aim to reform their faith communities from the inside and to turn them into true safe havens for abuse survivors.
By Eliza GriswoldJune 15, 2018
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