Stephanie Elizondo Griest


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Assistant Professor and Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globe-trotting author from South Texas. Her books include the memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004) and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008) as well as the best-selling guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2007). UNC Press will publish her next book, All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands, in spring 2017. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Oxford American, The Believer, Earth Island Journal, and Texas Monthly, and she edited Best Women’s Travel Writing (Travelers’ Tales, 2010).

Griest’s awards include a Henry Luce Scholarship to China, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, the Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, an International Latino Book Award, and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. In 2015 she was a featured author of a U.S. State Department literary tour to Venezuela and Colombia. She earned her MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and was the 2012-2013 Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University.

Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at @SElizondoGriest.


Hire Date: 2013

M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa, 2012
B.A. in Magazine Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
B.A. in Post-Soviet Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1997

Research Groups and Interests

Creative Writing