I’m Done With Cautionary Tales About Women and Power
Lilly Dancyger on casting spells and re-watching The Craft during an election season.
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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