Lilly Dancyger

Instructor & Writer
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Lilly Dancyger is a Contributing Editor at Catapult and Assistant Books Editor at Barrelhouse. She's also the editor of BURN IT DOWN, an anthology of essays about women's anger, forthcoming from Seal Press. Her personal essays have appeared in Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and more. Her students and private editing clients have published work in prestigious publications, including Rolling Stone, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and Longreads. You can read Lilly’s work here, and follow her on Twitter here.

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Stories

Cover Photo: A photo of Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy in the 1997 film Batman and Robin, in a leaf green body suit, sitting in a powerful but seductive pose against a nature-themed backdrop.
What Poison Ivy Can Teach Us About Fighting Climate Change

Sure, sometimes she went a little overboard, trying to kill the executives rather than merely destroying their empires . . . but she had the right idea.

Sep 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Scene from 'Killing Eve', AMC
Dangerous Desire: On ‘Killing Eve’ and Finding Space for Queerness in a Straight-Passing Relationship

I recognize myself in Eve’s character because I don’t think Villanelle is just a woman she’s attracted to. Villanelle represents Eve’s queerness in general.

Aug 07, 2019
Cover Photo: Scene from 'The Craft'; Columbia Pictures
I’m Done With Cautionary Tales About Women and Power

Lilly Dancyger on casting spells and re-watching The Craft during an election season.

Jun 27, 2019
Cover Photo: Scene from 'Star Trek: Discovery'/CBS
On Star Trek: Discovery’s Philippa Georgiou and How We Turn Our Mothers into Villains

I blamed my mother for so many things, but I blamed her especially for being a mere mortal when what I really needed was a supreme, supernaturally benevolent being.

May 13, 2019
Cover Photo: Scene from "Batman Returns" , DC/Warner Bros.
What Catwoman Taught Me About Sexuality and Power

Wearing the catsuit and embodying Pfeiffer’s slinkiness as best I could in my awkward, skinny body, I understood for the first time that I could be a sexual being, not just a sexual object.

Apr 30, 2019
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How I Learned to Stop Judging And Love Insta-Witches

“The whole idea of a spell is that you send your intention outward into the universe—what if the Internet is just another way to do that?”

Jun 07, 2018