Mars van Grunsven is a writer at the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer, covering political thought, social issues, arts and literature. He writes in both English and Dutch, and his articles, reportage and essays have also appeared in NRC Handelsblad, De Correspondent and Knack, among others.

Originally from Amsterdam, Mars moved to New York City in 2005. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the children’s book author Rachael Cole, and their son, Alex.

With Alex, 2018

For samples of Mars’s work check out the sections Arts & Culture, Economy, Politics, and Social Issues. Or visit the archives of De Groene or NRC. Samples of his English pieces can be found here.

For inquiries: marswerk at yahoo dot com

After the 2008 NYC marathon

Others about Mars:

Mars is an informed and accomplished journalist whose command
of American politics puts many of us “natives” to shame.
— Sam Tanenhaus, author of The Death of Conservatism

I always love hearing Mars’ perspective. He helps me see my home country in a totally new way, full of wonder but still astute and spot-on.
— Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s All Things Considered

Mars reads American social mores very deeply and writes about them with the insight
of someone who is both an insider and an outsider
— Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

Early voting, 2020