In the wake of the 2016 election, Lyz Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. A mother of two, a Christian, and a lifelong resident of middle America, Lenz was bewildered by the pain and loss around her. Part journalism, part memoir, God Land is a journey into the heart of a deeply divided America. Through a thoughtful interrogation of the effects of faith and religion on our lives, our relationships, and our country, God Land investigates whether our divides can ever be bridged and if America can ever come together.
Lyz Lenz has been published in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and the Guardian, among other publications. Her book Belabored: Tales of Myth, Medicine, and Motherhood is forthcoming. She also has an essay in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. Lenz holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is a contributing writer to the Columbia Journalism Review.
Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture, a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and one of LitHub's "new feminist classics." With Samhita Mukhopadhyay, she is co-editor of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America. Kate has been Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell College; Assistant Director of the Women's Resource Center at Cornell University; a college speaker on body image and sexual violence; a small press editor; and a creative writing teacher. She succesfully defended her dissertation in Creative Nonfiction at Bath Spa University in May 2019. Her next book, Victim Complex: On Snowfalkes, Witch hunts, and the Cult of Personal Responsibility is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.