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A photo taken of Lillie Lainoff (PC: Astrid Photography) in 2019. She is a young white woman wearing a purple sweater. She has long, curly brown hair and is looking at the camera.
Website and social media
website: twitter: @lillielainoff instagram: @lillielainoff facebook:
Lillie Lainoff is a writer and 2018 Yale University grad. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and distinction within the major. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been featured in The Washington Post Outlook, Scholastic anthologies, Today’s Parent, Washington City Paper, via the Disability Visibility Project, collegiate literary magazines, and The Yale Daily News. She’s received recognition from Glimmer Train and The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was a featured Rooted in Rights disability activist. Her academic work focuses primarily on disability representation in literature and media, and she also writes about disability rights and activism. She is represented by Jennifer Wills and Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency for her fiction. As an undergraduate, Lillie was a member of Yale’s Varsity Fencing team. As a senior, she was one of the first physically disabled athletes to individually qualify for an NCAA Championship, and helped her team to an end-of-season 10th place ranking by the National Coaches Poll. She still fences competitively and coaches at Capital Fencing Academy. She was a recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Sport award by the US Fencing Association.
Washington City Paper, March 2019: Voiceless in D.C. (contest winner) The Disability Visibility Project, June 2017: Excerpt from research, "Disabled Motherhood" Yale Daily News, March 2017: I'm a Disabled Female Athlete. And I'm Here to Stay. The Washington Post, September 2014: Hollywood has it wrong: I'm a teen with an illness, and it's not glamorous at all More of my work can be found at my website, under In Print:
Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Politics, Sports, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle
Source, Personal Essays, Opinion Editorial, Reported Features, Investigative Journalism, Essays, Criticism, Copyediting, Editing, Sensitivity Reading, Radio Appearances, Television Appearances, Podcast Appearances
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