A globetrotting author, educator, and activist.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest has mingled with the Russian Mafia, polished Chinese propaganda, and danced with Cuban rumba queens. These adventures inspired her award-winning memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and HavanaMexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and the guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go. As a national correspondent for The Odyssey, she once drove 45,000 miles across America in a Honda Hatchback named Bertha. She has won a Hodder Fellowship to Princeton, a Viebranz Professorship to St. Lawrence University, the Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize. A renowned speaker, Stephanie has taught and performed around the globe, and is currently Assistant Professor and Margaret R. Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Learn more about Stephanie »
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Recent Blog Posts

  • Music Without Borders

    Last December, I organized a binational concert at the San Diego/Tijuana border wall featuring violinist Jennifer...
  • Art Against The Wall

    Happy Spring, everybody! I am thrilled to share that my story about artists' response to the U.S./Mexico border wall...
  • Three Nations Crossing

    Happy Autumn, everyone! Just wanted to share my dispatch from the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, published this month...