Essayist Poet Novelist Playwright
Over fifty years, through twenty books, one a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Griffin has been making unconventional connections between seemingly separate subjects. Whether pairing ecology and gender in her foundational work, Woman and Nature, or the private life with the targeting of civilians, in A Chorus of Stones, she has shed a new light on countless contemporary issues, including climate change, war, colonialism, the body, democracy, and terrorism.
Read Full Bio
UPCOMING 2016 EVENTS:
Works in Progress: A Series of Conversations
On June 5, 2016, as part of the Bay Area Book Festival and her series called “Works in Progress,” Susan will moderate a discussion between former poet Laureate of California, Al Young, and the celebrated translator of Rilke, Anita Barrows, who both write novels and poetry, to discuss “Interior Landscapes in Poetry and Prose,” what different forms call forth and require (downtown, at Berkeley’s Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St, Berkley 94704.) http://www.baybookfest.org/content/schedule/schedule.html (click on the event listing to get free tickets and more details)
On May 15, 2016 Susan was given the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement by the Northern California Book reviewers.
REMEMBERING THE SOUL OF THE WORLDEdited by Karin Lofthus Carrington and Susan Griffinwww.transformingterror.comThis inspired collection offers a new paradigm for moving the world beyond violence as the first, and often only, response to violence. Through essays and poetry, prayers and mediations, Transforming Terror powerfully demonstrates that terrorist violence—defined here as any attack on unarmed civilians—can never […]
Susan Griffin’s Wrestling with The Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen (Trumpeter), continues what she began in A Chorus of Stones (a New York Times “Notable Book”) as the third volume of what she calls a social autobiography, and seems especially relevant as Americans face a presidential election that has the potential to […]
The Book of the Courtesans, A Catalogue of Their Virtues gives us a radically new interpretation of an erotic tradition which was practiced from antiquity to the early twentieth century throughout Europe and eventually America. Though Turkish harems, Japanese geisha and Chinese courtesans are well known in the West, Europe’s courtesans have been ignored. Elegantly written […]
Review For three years, philosopher and feminist theorist Susan Griffin was afflicted with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Hobbled by constant pain, weakness, insomnia, and diminished thinking, she was forced to rely upon friends just to get through each day. In this book, similar in spirit to her earlier A Chorus of Stones, Griffin […]
Susan Griffin once again takes readers on a startling journey, showing the profound connections between religion and philosophy, science and nature, Western thought and the role of women, and the supremacy of abstract thought over the forces of life. Featuring the brilliant original title essay that is nothing less than an intellectual and emotional exploration […]
offers a radical revisoning of the nature of war and gender, through an illuminating interplay between between private suffering and public tragedy. The book sets the story of the invention, development, manufacture and use of the first atomic bombs against the background of struggles played out in the private lives of major figures in history and […]