Both books are part of a larger series of several volumes, comprising "social autobiography."
A Chorus of Stones, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award, and winner of the BABRA Award in 1992, was also a NY Times Notable Book of the Year.
Her play Voices, which won an Emmy in 1975 for a local PBS production, has been performed throughout the world, including a radio production by the BBC. The Book of the Courtesans, a Catalogue of Their Virtues, was published by Broadway Books (Random House) in 2001. Woman
and Nature, the classic work that inspired eco-feminism, was published in a new edition by Sierra Club Books in 2000. In 2009 she was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Named by Utne Reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millenniumeader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has been the recipient of an NEA grant, and a one year Macarthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation. Her work, translated into 17 languages, is taught in colleges and universities internationally. 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, which was a finalist for the Western States Art Federation Award. Her play Voices won an Emmy for a local PBS production in 1975. Her more recent play, Thicket, performed in San Francisco by Ruth Zaporah, was published by The Kenyon Review. In addition to working as consultant for two other documentary films, she co-authored the script for the Academy Award nominated film, Berkeley in the Sixties. She is currently writing a script depicting the life of a courtesan. She has completed Canto, a play in poetry about the massacres of villagers in Salvador that will be set to music by the composer and musician Glenn Kotche in 2009, and she is co-editing an anthology entitled, Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World, to be published by UC Press in 2011. She lectures widely in the United States and abroad, and teaches occasional courses at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Pacifica Graduate School, as well as privately at her home in Berkeley.
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.