Hi, thanks for visiting my site. I'm what used to be called a "magazines features writer," but since people look at me strangely when I say that now, let's settle on "long-form writer." I'm a generalist writer too, which means that I don't cover one beat. I write lengthy cover stories and feature articles on a number of topics -- some weighty, some not at all.

Right now, I'm a contributing editor at New York magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. I've been with New York on and off since I graduated phi beta kappa from Wesleyan University, where I majored in English. I began there as an editorial assistant and was promoted to contributing editor a couple years later, when I was 25. I live a hectic bicoastal life at the moment, but I grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City, where I played classical violin and danced with Alvin Ailey as a kid.

I was also a writer on the Style desk at the New York Times in 2003. Prior to that, I spent a year studying the sociology of religion at Harvard University.

I've won a National Magazine Award in Profile Writing, for my profile of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. My New York magazine cover story, "Gawker and the Rise of the Creative Underclass," was also a finalist for the National Magazine Award in feature writing, and I received a Mirror Award nomination for a profile of Arianna Huffington. Some of my articles can be controversial, but I pride myself on dealing with my subjects and sources honestly.

My writing has been published in these books as well as mentioned in these articles. You can reach me at vanessagri [at] mac.com, and you can sign up for a newsletter with recent stories and updates here.







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