Who is Elliott?

Elliott D. Woods is an independent writer and photographer from the United States.

After serving as a combat engineer in Iraq from 2004-2005 with the Virginia Army National Guard, Elliott returned to the United States to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with Highest Distinction in May 2008.

Elliott began covering Afghanistan in October 2009, when US forces were transitioning from a counter-terrorism to a counterinsurgency strategy. His reporting from Afghanistan focuses on the progress of the counterinsurgency strategy and the so-called Afghan “surge,” as measured by the US military and the Afghan civilian population.

Assignment Afghanistan won the 2011 Ellie from the American Society of Magazine Editors for Best Multimedia Package. "Digging Out," Elliott's story about mining in Afghanistan, was a finalist for an Ellie in the reporting category.

An alumnus of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Elliott is a frequent contributor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has also appeared in Granta, Mother Jones, GlobalPost, and TIME.

You can reach Elliott by email at admin@elliottwoods.com.

More Articles From Elliott

Hope’s Coffin

Summer 2009
Article by Elliott D. Woods

For two weeks, we watched from the Egyptian side of Gaza’s southern border as plumes of smoke erupted from around Rafah, and the wounded trickled out, one by one, in battered Palestinian ambulances on their way to intensive care units in Cairo.Read More

A Few Unforeseen Things

Fall 2008
Article by Elliott D. Woods

On an otherwise typical, sun-parched afternoon at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Marez in Mosul, Iraq, four days before Christmas 2004, someone walked unnoticed into the chow hall and blew himself up near the sandwich bar. Read More

Easter in Gaza

Spring 2010
Article by Elliott D. Woods

In the daytime, the old quarter of Gaza City is a zoo of people and cars. The air is dusty, infused with engine exhaust and the earthy odor of falafel grease. Read More

Garbage City

Spring 2011
Article by Elliott D. Woods

For Cairo’s Coptic Christians, the future may rise from what others discard.Read More