Susan Griffin

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 workWoman 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. 
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Works in Progress: A Series of Conversations


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 turn our country toward true environmental stewardship, diplomacy untainted by war, and a fairer and more consistent form of democracy. In Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, Griffin examines her life in the context of larger histories and the way these histories emerge in one’s life, and explores the role democracy in America has shaped both her life and her consciousness. As the book progresses, she becomes an active participant in the processes she describes, voicing dilemmas that concern all Americans, with the intent to shape history and democracy herself..



Wrestling with The Angel of Democracy
On Being an American Citizen