Susan Griffin

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Griffin_SusanSusan Griffin’s work as a writer, teacher and speaker has deeply influenced many movements for social change. Known for connecting seemingly disparate issues, her book Woman and Nature, now considered a classic, inspired the eco-feminist movement. A Chorus of Stones, a New York Time Notable Book and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, probes ways that the private life, including ideas of gender, intersected with the development of nuclear weapons. Among twenty published books, in work translated into 17 languages, she has also addressed the economics of illness in What her Body Thought and democracy, in Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, a book which George Lakoff writes reveals “in superb prose… democracy not as a distant abstraction but as a live, inspiring and difficult presence..” The anthology she co-edited for the University of California Press, Transforming Terror, recently won the prestigious Gradiva Award. Named by Utne reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she was described by Adrienne Rich as “one of the wisest and most lucid writers in America today.” Among the founding members of the anti-war group, Code Pink, she was interviewed about her early political activism in the Academy Award nominated “Berkeley in the Sixties” a film for which she also served as scriptwriter and narrator and she is featured in the upcoming film about the feminist movement, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” She has spoken at countless protest marches and demonstrations, at literary events throughout the world, as well as academic venues ranging from Harvard University to Stanford. Invited to speak as a Schumacher Fellow in Great Britain for her work in ecology, social justice and peace, she is also a poet and a playwright, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy Award for public television’s production of her play Voices, and the Commonwealth Club’s Silver Medal for poetry.
She has taught creative writing at St Mary’s College in Moraga, and writing and political philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the University of California Osher Life Long Learning Center, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Stanford University as well as mentoring students privately at her home in Berkeley. She has recently written a play in poetry to be set to music called “Canto,” and is completing “The Ice Dancer’s Tale,” a novel about global warming as well as a long poem about the Mississippi River and she is beginning a book length essay entitled Sustainability and the Soul.
More about her work can be found at and and in
Shari Stone-Mediatore. “Hannah Arendt and Susan Griffin: Toward a Feminist Metahistory” in Cecile Tougas and Sara Ebenreck. ed. Presenting Women Philosophers. Temple Uiversty Press.
Alicia Ostriker. Stealing the Language.
Joy Palmer. Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment. Routledge
ed. Jay Walljasper and John Spayde. Visonaries, People and Ideas to Change Your Life. “Susan Griffin” (New Society Publishers, Mineapolis, 2001)
ed. Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres and Elizabeth Mittman Indiana University Press. (Bllomington, 1993) The Politics of the Essay.
Erica Bauermeister, Jesse Larsen and Holly Smith. 500 Great Books By Women. A Reader’s Guide. (Penguin Books, 1994)

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