Anna Badkhen

Anna Badkhen was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States in 2004. She began covering conflicts in 2001 and has written about people in extremis from four continents for Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The New York Times, and other publications. Her wartime reporting won the 2007 Joel R. Seldin Award for reporting on civilians in war zones from Psychologists for Social Responsibility. She lives in Philadelphia.

Books by this Author

INCLUDES WAITING FOR THE TALIBAN, PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE ONLY AS AN EBOOK2011 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION WRITING AND LITERATURE AWARD FINALISTTravel books bring you places. War books bring you tragedy. In Peace Meals, war reporter Anna Badkhen brings us not only an unsparing and intimate history of some of the last decade’s most vicious conflicts but also the most human elements that transcend the dehumanizing realities of war: the people, the compassion they scraped from catastrophe, and the food they...

Author Revealed

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Poor grammar.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Walking. Which is almost the same as writing: you look busy.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Yes. Poetry: Galway Kinnell, Gerald Stern, WS Merwin, Robert Hass, Zbigniew Herbert, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott, Larry Levis. Rumi. Poetry is magic: the right poem always finds you. The same goes for much of Jorge Luis Borges's writing, I think.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Love language. Take in the world with your heart open. Break rules. Don't limit yourself to one sentence if you must say more.