Author Archives: Laura Grillo
About Laura GrilloLaura S. Grillo earned her Ph.D. in History of Religions from The University of Chicago, specializing in African religions. She also holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and an A.B. in Religious Studies from Brown University. Laura has lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. She is the author of numerous academic publications on African religions that appear in peer-reviewed journals, anthologies and encyclopedias. Laura’s memoir is based on a summer of fieldwork on divination in West Africa for which she won three competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the West African Research Association, and the American Academy of Religion. Her as yet unpublished memoir, Ask for the Road, earned her several residency fellowships for creative non-fiction writing at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Ragdale Foundation.
Some think that death is the end, that there can be nothing without the brain, the portal of all our sensations and the maker of all our perceptions. There are no lingering spirits to guard with watchful purpose those left behind. No restless ghosts rattling chains in the night… Continue reading