Black and white headshot of author, Lindsey Danis.

Short bio:

I’m a queer writer of 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:

Lindsey Danis writes about travel, personal finance, and LGBTQ+ topics for magazines and digital publications. Lindsey’s stories have appeared in publications including Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Fodor’s, Business Insider, USA Today, Longreads, and Eater. Lindsey’s essays have received a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing and been 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). 

In 2021, Lindsey founded Queer Adventurers, an LGBTQ+ outdoor travel blog. Queer Adventurers empowers readers to build outdoor skills, connect with likeminded people, and plan incredible adventures while feeling seen, heard and supported. Through its annual writing contest, Queer Adventurers provides a platform for queer writers to share their stories, inspire readers and diversify media representation of outdoor recreation.  

Lindsey’s writing has received support from Stone Soup Community Press, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Lindsey received a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Fiction from Emerson College. Lindsey lives in the Hudson Valley, and is originally from Boston.

Lindsey is represented by Trinity McFadden of The Bindery.

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Things I like:

I love to travel.

I’ve been to 47 states and 24 countries, 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 equity and inclusion.

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.

I love to cook.

I am always thinking about food. I used to cook professionally, and I can’t quite leave the restaurant industry behind. I have never seen The Bear; I’ve worked in too many toxic kitchens to retraumatize myself by watching.

After I quit the industry, I worked for caterers, launched a home-based confectionary business, and still write about the restaurant and hospitality industries and consult with local businesses on baking with local grains.

For me, food is a way to talk about what we value and connect with place. It is care work, a way to connect with loved ones and make memories. It is where deep inquiry begins.

Before you contact me about food writing, you should know I’m a vegetarian.

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
  • Longlisted, Alpine Fellowship
  • Individual Artist Commission from the Decentralization Program – “Queer Homesteading in the Hudson Valley”

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