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Annia Ciezadlo
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Annia Ciezadlo

Partial list of publications: Day of Honey. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Granta, Guernica, and elsewhere.
Awards: American Book Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (runner-up), James Beard Foundation Book Award (finalist), Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disabilities
Languages: English, French, Arabic


MA in Journalism, New York University


2022 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disabilities
Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
For coverage of the 2020 Beirut Blast (as editor).

2022 Fetisov Journalism Awards for Civil Rights (shortlist)
For coverage of the 2020 Beirut Blast (as editor).

2022 Writing residency, Ragdale Foundation
For fiction and nonfiction writing.

2020 Writing residency, Ragdale Foundation
For fiction and nonfiction writing.

2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Georgetown University
For historical study and archival research on the Syrian famine of World War I.

2011–2012 American Book Award
Dayton Literary Peace Prize (runner-up, nonfiction)
Books for a Better Life Award (First Book)
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards (second place, nonfiction)
James Beard Foundation Book Award (finalist, Writing and Literature)
For Day of Honey.

2003 Excellence in Urban Journalism Awards (finalist)
Harry Chapin Media Awards (finalist)
For “Coney Island High,” City Limits, December 2002.


Flevo Campus (Netherlands): “Bread in Heaven,” [in Dutch], July 20, 2023
Adi Magazine: “Because of the Droughts,” October 18, 2022
The Washington Post: “The world has plenty of wheat. Putin still uses it as a weapon,” May 8, 2022
The Guardian: “Why do the super-rich treat affordable housing in the Bronx as a lucrative asset class?,” January 14, 2022
WIRED: “The Facebook Papers Must Be Shared With Outlets Globally,” November 3, 2021
Flevo Campus (Netherlands): “About Food: The Food System in Turbulent Times” [in Dutch], October 29, 2020
The Washington Post: “The safety problem for restaurants isn’t the dining room. It’s the kitchen.,” May 29, 2020
The Guardian: “Why is New York’s most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi Crown Prince?,” September 19, 2019
Politico: “Anthony Bourdain: The TV Star Who Used Food to Break Down Barriers,” December 30, 2018
Orb Media Network: “Under Water: How Rising Waters Cost Us All,” Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh; Folha de Sao
Paolo, Brazil; Politiken, Denmark; Die Zeit, Germany; South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; The Hindu, India;
Channels TV, Nigeria; Louisville Public Media, USA, October 8, 2018
KCET Meals Ready to Eat: “Breaking Bread: Food in Times of War,” December 14, 2017
The Washington Post: “Why would Assad use sarin in a war he’s winning? To terrify Syrians,” April 11, 2017
Syria Deeply: “After Battle For Wadi Barada, the Damascus Water War Isn’t Over,” February 14, 2017
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: The World According to Trump, and What It May Mean For Syria,” December 19, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: The Fall of Rebel-Held Aleppo is a Warning to Others Who Oppose Assad,” December 14, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: Trump is the US President Assad Has Been Waiting For,” November 23, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Long Read: The US Has Intervened In Syria, But Not the Way You Think,” October 31, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Green Gold: How ISIS Is Making As Much Money From Wheat As From Oil,” October 20, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: Why Assad’s Propaganda Isn’t As Crazy As It Seems,” October 3, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Long Read: Game of Shrines and the Road to Darayya,” September 15, 2016
Syria Deeply: “How Evacuating al-Waer and ‘Other Darayyas’ Will Help Assad,” September 5, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Analysis: No End to Aleppo’s Brutal Stalemate,” August 22, 2016
Syria Deeply: “The Siege Sector: Why Starving Civilians is Big Business,” August 11, 2016
Syria Deeply: “For Syrian Kids in Lebanon, School is ‘Like a Miracle,’” July 26, 2016
Syria Deeply: “Sowing Hope and Weeding out Siege Profiteers,” July 18, 2016
Reuters: “The cheap, brutally effective tactic shaping the Syrian civil war,” February 10, 2016
The Washington Post: “The Most Unconventional Weapon in Syria: Wheat,” December 18, 2015
The Christian Science Monitor: “In Iraq, giving birth is complicated by war,” June 30, 2005
The Washington Post: “Lebanon’s Election: Free but Not Fair,” May 22, 2005
The Nation: “Cedar or Sapling,” March 28, 2005
National Journal: “Will Iraq Go the Way of Lebanon?” February 26, 2005
The New Republic: “Party Foul,” February 2, 2005
The Christian Science Monitor: “What Iraq’s checkpoints are like,” March 7, 2005
The Christian Science Monitor: “A toxic threat rises amid northern Iraq’s prosperity,” December 24, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Reality TV hits home in Baghdad,” July 27, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Iraq’s Christians consider fleeing as attacks on them rise,” July 13, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Iraqis, desperately seeking detainees, meet frustration,” May 17, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “After an advocate’s killing, Iraqi women try to stay course,” April 1, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Once forbidden, graffiti flowers in Baghdad,” February 6, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Shiite women knock at mosque door,” January 20, 2004
LA Weekly: “Lights . . . Camera . . . Hit the Dirt!”, January 15, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor: “Iraqi women raise voices – for quotas,” December 17, 2003


Arab Reform Initiative (Beirut, Lebanon): “Rethinking the Nexus between Conflict, Climate Change and
Environment in West Asia and North Africa,” Roundtable discussion, February 1–4, 2023
Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA): “Writing With Monsters,” Craft Seminar (virtual), October 30, 2022
Flevo Campus (Amsterdam, The Netherlands): “How do we feed the world, now and in 2050?,” Invited Presentation (virtual), October 29, 2020
American University (Washington, DC): “Feeding the City: Food as a Weapon of War in Syria,” Invited Lecture (virtual), for War Crimes and Catastrophe In Today’s Global Crises: Is Anyone Responsible?, A Symposium on Law,
Rights, and Humanitarianism, Wednesday, October 28, 2020
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL): “Islamic heritage and everyday life in Baghdad,” Guest lecture, Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Birmingham Southern College (Birmingham, AL): “War at Your Neighborhood Grocery Store: When Food
Becomes a Weapon, and How People Fight Back,” Invited Lecture, Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Smithsonian Institution and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.): “Making Middle Eastern Cuisine: Recipes, Stories, and Politics,” Featured Speaker, Saturday, June 8, 2019
Department of Middle East Studies, American University (Washington, D.C.): “Our Seeds Were Better Than the
Seeds of the Regime: Survival, Sovereignty and Starvation in the Syrian Conflict,” Invited Speaker, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon): “Human
Catastrophe, Then and Now: Social Trauma and its Political Consequences, 1916/2016,” Invited Speaker, June 1, 2016
Haushaltsmesse 2015 International Summit on Domestic Affairs, “The World: One Household,” Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Dessau-Roßlau, Germany): “The Kitchen Crisis: Alice Waters, VertaMae Grosvenor, and The
Islamic State,” Featured Speaker, August 7–9, 2015
Pop-Up Studio-X Beirut, Columbia University (Beirut, Lebanon): “Urban Stories: Individual Narratives from Beirut,” Speaker, panel discussion, December 10, 2014
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia): “The Hungry Heart is Telling You: 37th Annual Literary Festival,” Featured Author, October 8, 2014
New Jersey City University (Jersey City, New Jersey): “The Syrian Crisis: Six Things You Might Not Know About the Arab Revolutions,” Invited Lecture, October 3, 2014
Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, via Skype): “Covering the Middle East,” Invited Talk, March 5, 2014.
United States Department of State Foreign Service Institute (Washington, D.C.): “Food and the Arab Spring,” Invited Lecture, November 5, 2013
The Library of Congress (African and Middle Eastern Division): “Iraqi Cuisine Through the Eyes of a Native Scholar and a Foreign Correspondent,” Invited Lecture, September 12, 2013
Iraqi Cultural Center (Washington, DC): “Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Iraqi Cuisine,” Invited Lecture, September 12, 2013
Knight-Wallace Fellowship, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor): “Food, War, and Journalism: Eating the Middle East,” Invited Lecture, February 14, 2013
New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (Abu Dhabi): “Literary and Culinary Adab in Arab Culture,” Invited Lecture, January 22, 2013
Books & Co. (Dayton, OH): “A Conversation With the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners,” Speaker, panel discussion, November 11, 2012
Housing Works Bookstore (New York): “Laughter in the Palm of Your Hand: The Secret History of Islamic Wine,”
Invited Lecture, Adult Education Lecture Series, June 5, 2012
Princeton University: “War Reporting as Literature: Using Food to Build Characters and Narrative,” Invited Presentation, February 29, 2012
Housing Works Bookstore (New York): “The Anti-Foodie Foodies: Has Food Worship Jumped the Shark?” Speaker, panel discussion, February 21, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “The Role of Food in Wars and Revolutions,” Invited Lecture, April 4, 2012
The New York Public Library: “Food and Conflict,” Invited Lecture, November 30th, 2011
First Person Arts festival: “Food and the Search for Home,” Invited Presentation, November 16, 2011
Social and Economic Action for Lebanon (New York): “The People of Mazola: How Lebanon Really Eats,” Invited Lecture, Middle East Lecture Series, April 26, 2011
Her Girl Friday (New York): “Dear Editors of The New Yorker: The VIDA Numbers and the Stories We’re Not Reading,” Invited Lecture, April 6, 2011
Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH): “The Edible Map,” Invited Lecture, March 3, 2011
Drink.Think (New York): “On Drink and Drinkers,” Invited Presentation, March 1, 2011
The Half King (New York): Book reading and signing, February 28, 2011
The BookRevue (Huntington, NY): Book reading and signing, February 26, 2011
The Strand (New York): Book reading and signing, February 22, 2011
KGB Bar, True Story: the KGB Nonfiction Reading Series (New York): “Dinner During Wartime: Sumptuous Stories,” Invited Presentation, May 18, 2010


The Food Programme (BBC Radio 4): “Falafel: A Recipe for Connection,” May 30, 2022
51 Percent: The Women’s Perspective (WAMC Radio): June 8, 2012
Doc Zone with Ann-Marie MacDonald (CBC Television): “Eat Cook Love,” August 13 and 20, 2012
The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti (CBC Radio): “Eating Food on the Subway,” March 6, 2012
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio): “Food on the Subway,” March 1, 2012
Worldview with Jerome McDonnell (WBEZ Radio): “From Bread Lines to Revolution: the Role of Food in the Arab Spring Uprisings,” August 15, 2011
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC Radio): “Food, Love, and War,” Rebroadcast, Friday May 27, 2011
The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC Radio): “Food, Love, and War,” April 5, 2011
Eldridge & Co. (CUNY TV): Interview, March 29, 2011
Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen (National Public Radio): “The Unifying Sweetness of Food,” March 12, 2011
Around Noon with Dee Perry (WCPN Radio): Interview, March 3, 2011,
Think with Krys Boyd (KERA Radio): Interview, March 1, 2011
Charlotte Talks (WFAE Radio): “Day of Honey: Mediterranean Food,” February 13, 2012
Give Back (WCSB Radio): Interview, March 4, 2011
Here on Earth (Wisconsin Public Radio): “Breaking Bread in a Time of War,” February 25, 2011
Inside City Hall with Errol Louis (NY 1 News): Interview, February 24, 2011
The Roundtable (WAMC Radio): Interview, February 22, 2011
The Takeaway (WNYC Radio): “Using Food the Tell the Story of War,” February 16, 2011
Talk to Me (WNYC Radio): “Eating During Wartime: Sumptuous Stories from Annia Ciezadlo and Nathan Deuel,” June 18, 2010
World Vision Report: “Childbirth in Wartime,” August 20, 2005
Day to Day (National Public Radio): “The Dangers of Checkpoints in Iraq,” March 8, 2005
As it Happens (CBC Radio): “Checkpoints in Iraq,” March 6, 2005
The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS): “Lebanese-Syrian Tensions Continue After Journalist’s Death,” June 3, 2005
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio): “Monitoring Lebanon,” March 8, 2005
Air America Radio with Al Franken and Katherine Lanpher: “The Situation in Iraq,” January 31, 2005
Hear and Now (CBC): “Martial Law in Iraq,” July 8, 2004
Day to Day (National Public Radio): “Italian Journalist Shooting and Checkpoint Etiquette,” March 8, 2005
World Vision Report: “Baghdad Weddings,” September 12, 2004
Weekend Edition with Scott Simon (National Public Radio): “Fix-It Show Brings Reality TV to Iraq,” August 28, 2004
On the Media (National Public Radio): “This is What Reality Looks Like,” July 30, 2004
Day to Day (National Public Radio): “Iraqis Move Toward Martial Law to Curb Insurgents,” July 7, 2004
To the Point with Warren Olney (KCRW Radio): “Martial Law in Iraq,” July 7, 2004
The Connection (WBUR Radio): “The Lessons of War,” July 7, 2004
The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio): “Stomaching the City,” August 20, 2002