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Susan Griffin

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Susan Griffin is a poet, essayist, playwright and screenwriter. She was born in Los Angeles California in 1943, in the midst of the Second World War and the holocaust, and these events had a lasting effect on her thinking. The time she spent as a child in the High Sierras and along the coast of the Pacific Ocean also shaped her awareness. As she draws connections between the destruction of nature, the diminishment of women and racism, and traces the causes of war to denial in both private and public life, her work moves beyond the boundaries of form and perception. She is known for her innovative style. Her groundbreaking book Woman and Nature is an extended prose-poem. A Chorus of Stones, the Private Life of War, blends history and memoir as does Wrestling with Angel of Democracy, the Autobiography of an American Citizen her most recent book (published by Trumpeter books in April, 2008.) This work explores the state of mind that engenders and sustains democracy.


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Featured Community Voice: Susan Griffin

As a poet, essayist, playwright and screenwriter, Susan Griffin's prolific writing on women and society has earned her a place in feminism's Hall of Fame and among the finalists for a Pulitzer Prize. She employs an innovative style to talk about real issues that affect women such as environmental destruction, racism, war, and democracy. She shares with us her words on women and voting inspired by her newest book, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen.

 

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