Lillie Lainoff is a writer and Yale University grad. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and distinction within the major, and currently lives in Washington D.C.
Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been featured in The Washington Post Outlook, Scholastic anthologies, Today’s Parent, via the Disability Visibility Project, Washington City Paper, collegiate literary magazines, and The Yale Daily News. She’s received recognition from Glimmer Train and The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was a featured Rooted in Rights disability activist. She’s also the founder of Disabled Kidlit Writers (FB).
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. In 2017, she was named a recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Sport award by the US Fencing Association.