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Lilly Dancyger (Editor)

Lilly Dancyger is a freelance writer with bylines in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and others. Lilly teaches personal essay writing at Catapult, and is the editor of Burn It Down, an anthology of essays on women's anger, forthcoming from Seal Press. She is proud to have worked with the writers of these outstanding stories:

Stories By Lilly Dancyger (Editor)

Confessions of a 30-Something Hanson Fanatic

How rediscovering the boy band I obsessed over when I was 12—and connecting with other superfans from all over the world—helped me navigate life as an adult.

I Spent My Childhood Helping My Mom Sell Dead People’s Junk

I was only 8 when I began working as an undercover security guard at estate sales. Among the dusty trinkets and used shampoo bottles, I learned a lot about human nature.

A Casino Card Shark’s First Time Getting Caught

As a struggling grad student, I happened upon a lucrative side hustle with an elite team of card-counters—and found the community I'd been looking for.

For a Magician Like Me, Conversion Therapy Was the Ultimate Illusion

My family wanted me to change so badly, I suspended my disbelief and tried to imagine I could.

I Faced My Worst Fear: Disney World

As a kid with a sensory processing disorder, a lot of things that were meant to be fun were actually terrifying. As an adult, I'm making up for the experiences I missed out on.

My Coming Out Story, Starring a Priest, an Animal Sacrifice and Ricky Martin

Convinced a demon was making me gay, my mother turned to exorcism. Years later, her pop idol finally helped her understand.

My Husband Doesn’t Want Me to Be a Firefighter

I always dreamed of helping people, but I put it all on hold to raise my kids. Now that I've found my calling, I'm facing upheaval at home.

Secret Life of a Leftist Doomsday Prepper

When it comes to preparing for the end of civilization, gun-loving red-staters aren't the only ones taking matters into their own hands.

I Was a Chinese Helpline’s Number One Caller. I Had a Problem.

The “magic number” helped foreigners like me get by without learning the language. But I didn’t feel at home in China until I finally hung up the phone.