ABOUT LINDSEY

Black and white headshot of author, Lindsey Danis.

Short bio:

I’m a queer writer of Young Adult, literary/upmarket fiction, and essays. I’m also the Creative Nonfiction editor at Atlas & Alice. My writing has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Fodor’s, Longreads and Eater, and elsewhere. I have a BA in English from Vassar College and MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and I live in the Hudson Valley.

Longer Bio:

A queer writer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, Lindsey Danis received a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Fiction from Emerson College. Lindsey writes about food, travel, LGBTQ topics and also serves as the Creative Nonfiction editor at Atlas & Alice.

Lindsey’s reported work and essays have appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Fodor’s, Vittles, Restaurant Startup & Growth, Longreads and Eater, received a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing, and are anthologized in The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes and Mysteries (Mango Press, 2022) and Nourishing Resistance: Stories of Food, Protest, and Mutual Aid (PM Press, 2023).

Lindsey’s writing centers LGBTQ voices, with a focus on fostering resilience and celebrating queer joy. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays about queer travel and the search for home.

Lindsey has received fellowships and support from Stone Soup Community Press, Alderworks Alaska, Limnisa, Murphy Writing, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, Sundress Academy for the Arts.

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Things I like:

I love to travel. I’ve been to 44 states and many countries. I am currently planning trips to England, Iceland, and Japan, but I’m just as happy driving up to Albany to restock my Asian and Indian grocery staples, or exploring cute Hudson Valley towns.

I’m particularly interested in sustainable travel, queer travel, and questions around travel and equity. How can we make travel more inclusive? How do places change when they’re ‘discovered’ by tourists? If you love big questions and hot takes, consider signing up for my queer travel newsletter – it’s a monthly letter with a more personal take on LGBTQ newsy topics and pictures of my pets.

When I’m home, you’ll probably find me hiking, kayaking, and cooking. I used to cook professionally and joke that I can’t quite leave the industry behind. After I quit cooking, I had a home-based food business, was a part-time caterer for years, still write about the restaurant and hospitality industries, and make my own yogurt/sourdough/hot sauce/beer. For me, food is a way to talk about what we value, connect with loved ones and make memories. Before you contact me about food stuff, you should know I’m basically a vegetarian.

I’ve been self-employed since 2009, when jobs in the restaurant industry evaporated overnight. I love talking about self-employment, particularly for folks who are marginalized, and for creatives. I offer a variety of resources for writers, including a monthly newsletter for writers who want to treat their writing life like a business and one-on-one consultations for personalized writing support and advice.


Lindsey Danis in a garden.

Selected accolades

  • Finalist, Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award, 2022
  • Longlisted, Invisible City’s CNF Flash Contest, 2022
  • Queer Kidlit Mentee, 2022
  • Finalist, RevPit and WriteMentor, 2022
  • Notable mention, Best American Travel Writing, 2019 – “Where are the Gay Ladies of Cambodia?”
  • Longlisted, WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award
  • Winner, Limnisa Short Story Competition, 2019
  • Finalist, Forge Flash Competition
  • Individual Artist Commission from the Decentralization Program – “Queer Homesteading in the Hudson Valley”

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