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Lillie Lainoff

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

Lillie Lainoff is a writer and recent 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, 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 recently 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. Last summer, she was named a recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Sport award by the US Fencing Association.

You can find Lillie at her websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter @lillielainoff


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)

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