Image: A photo of Lillie Lainoff taken in July 2016. She is a young white woman and is wearing a purple shirt and a sea turtle necklace. She has long, curly brown hair and is smiling at the camera.
Contact Lillie: lillie at lillielainoff.com
An invisibly physically disabled student at Yale University (will graduate in Fall 2017), Lillie Lainoff writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has been published in the Outlook section of The Washington Post, via the Disability Visibility Project, Scholastic anthologies, and campus newspapers and publications. 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. Her YA speculative fiction novel, The Keeping House, centers on a cast of almost all disabled characters. TKH explores how we live, how we grieve, how we survive in the face of persecution, and what it means to love ourselves. Lillie wanted to fill the dearth of disability representation in nonrealistic YA fiction — TKH does just that.
Lillie is also a Division I NCAA fencer. By qualifying in women's saber for NCAA Championships in her final year of eligibility (2017), she became one of the first physically disabled athletes to individually qualify for an NCAA Championship.
The Disability Visibility Project, June 2017: 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 teenager with an illness and it's not glamorous at all
Lillie is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent)