Associate Professor / Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction

2012, MFA-Creative Nonfiction, University of Iowa
1997, BA-Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
1997, BA-Post-Soviet Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Bio

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of four books of creative nonfiction: the travel memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands; and the guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go. She also edited Best Women’s Travel Writing in 2010. Winner of a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, she has lectured around the globe, in capacities ranging from a Moth storyteller to a literary ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

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Publications:

BOOKS
  • All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (UNC Press, 2017)
  • Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008)
  • Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004)
  • 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2007)
  • Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 (Editor) (Travelers’ Tales, 2010)
RECENT ESSAYS
  • Chiefing in Cherokee (VQR, 2017 and Best American Travel Writing, 2018)
  • Spirit Animal (Orion, 2017)
  • The Disciplined Utopia (The Believer, August 2017)
  • Art Against The Wall (Oxford American, Spring 2015)

Awards

  • University Research Council Grant, UNC Chapel Hill, 2017
  • Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, UNC Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Inductee, Texas Institute of Letters, 2013
  • Winner, PEN Southwest Book Award for Nonfiction, 2009
  • Winner, Best Travel Book, International Latino Book Awards, 2008
  • Winner, Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, 2007
  • Winner, Best Travel Book, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, 2007
  • Hodder Fellow, Princeton University, 2005-2006
  • Luce Scholar, Henry Luce Foundation, 1997-1998
  • USA Today All-Academic First Team, 1996

Courses Taught:

  • Intro to Creative Nonfiction
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Honors Creative Nonfiction
  • Travel Writing
  • Memoir Writing
  • Memoir as Witness
  • Experiential Writing