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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)

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.

What It’s Like to Have a Hypnosis Fetish

When I first realized the idea of mind control turned me on, I was shocked and embarrassed. But then I found the hypnokink community.

How Treating People With Brain Injuries Helped Me Forgive My Mother

After a lifetime of resentment, working with other T.B.I. patients finally helped me understand the riddle that is my mother's mind.