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Susan Griffin's Biography

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Berkeley, California
Married in 1966, divorced in 1972. Three significant partnerships with women.
Feb 2008

Susan Griffin is a well-known writer and poet. Her latest book, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy, On Being an American Citizen, is about the inner life of democracy. She has published nineteen books, including The Book of the Courtesans, A Catalogue of Their Virtues, and Woman and Nature. A Chorus of Stones, the Private Life of War, was a New York Times Notable Book,  a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award and won the BABRA award in 1992.    Named by Utne reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has been the recipient of an NEA grant, a Macarthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation, an Emmy award (for her play, Voices) and a Guggenheim Foundation Award. She has published several volumes of poetry. Unremembered Country won the Commonwealth Club’s Silver Medal for poetry in 1987.  In 1998 Copper Canyon Press published Bending Home, Poems Selected and New 1967-1998. She was a scriptwriter and the narrator for the Academy Award nominated Berkeley in the Sixties. documentaries. An anthology she has co-edited,  Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World,  will be published by UC Press in 2010.  She lectures widely in the United States and abroad, and teaches occasionally at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the California Institute of Integral Studies as well as privately at her home in Berkeley.






Upcoming Works

I have just completed co-editing an anthology called Transforming Terror, Remembering the Soul of the World, to be released by the University of California Press in 2011.The intent of this collection is to bring a larger consciousness to bear on the current crisis of violence and fear in the world. Defining terrorism as any attack on unarmed civilians, its premise is that this violence will never be solved on the level at which it was created. This volume offers both a deeper view of the causes and effects of terrorism and a different approach for responding to it.
A new paradigm has evolved that moves beyond violence as the first and only response to violence, as in the last century, many psychological, spiritual and social understandings have developed, along with diverse skills that can foster more effective responses to violence, responses that do not seed more violence. Addressing the nature of consciousness, this collection is organized so the reader can move through a process that aimed to transform terror and terrorism, starting with first hand descriptions of experiences of terror and psychological approaches to trauma and ending with an awareness of our ecological and economic interdependence, the need for connectedness and the innate human capacity for compassion.
Transforming Terror includes contributions from psychologists, poets, novelists, philosophers, theologians, physicists, political scientists, activists, healers, and political leaders, many well known and prominent in their fields, for example, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Huston Smith, Riane Eisler, Daniel Ellsberg, Amos Oz, Fatema Mernissi, Fritjov Capra, George Lakoff, Mahmoud Darwish, Terry Tempest Williams, and Jack Kornfield.
This book aims to change the current conversation regarding terror and terrorism by offering a blueprint for the change in consciousness that make peace possible.


Linda Loewenthal, David Black Agency


Random House,Anchor, Broadway Books, Shambhala/Trumpeter, Sierra Club, Samuel French

Interests & Hobbies

gardening, walking, research, eating, Paris, villages