280 Lindsey Danis “Writing and Belonging”

Lindsey Danis is a queer, gender expansive writer based in the Hudson Valley, New York. Lindsey received a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Fiction from Emerson College. Lindsey is Creative Nonfiction editor at Atlas + Alice and runs the queer outdoor travel blog Queer Adventurers.

Lindsey’s nonfiction has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Longreads, Eater, and Catapult, received a notable mention in Best American Travel Writing 2019, and is anthologized in “The Best New True Crime Stories: Unsolved Crimes and Mysteries”  and “Nourishing Resistance: Stories of Food, Protest, and Mutual Aid.” Lindsey received an Individual Artist Commission for an oral history essay project, “Queer Homesteading in the Hudson Valley.”

Lindsey is currently working on a book proposal on queer travel, with themes of queer joy, personal power, and transformation.

Our conversation begins by discussing the notion of belonging. Inspired by Lindsey’s personal journey of feeling like she didn’t belong as a young person in school and specifically in yoga studios, she reflects on how her sense of belonging arrived during a recent LGBTQ focused yoga retreat.

Related to her challenges of making yoga a more regular part of her life, Lindsey raised an issue I had not considered before, the ways in which the LGBTQ community is impacted financially. We didn’t have time to go into this fully, so I asked Lindsey to share some of her writing on this subject.

Lindsey expands further about her writing, how and why she became a writer and how she got to where she is today, writing and editing in various spaces with a focus on money and how she likes to spend it — food and travel — from a perspective that centers LGBTQ voices. I highly recommend following along on Lindsey’s Instagram account where she/they shares regular inspiration for other writers and deep thoughts and perspectives on the LGBTQ experience.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda from Radiokingston.org.

Our show music is from Shana Falana!

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#112 Dahlia Jarrett “Art Therapist”

Still quarantined from Radio Kingston with Ida Hakkila holding down the fort with some jams, but we sneak in an interview I did with Art Therapist and community builder, Dahlia Jarrett. She shares about her first memory of art, going to art school and her path to becoming an Art Therapist. She also helps explain the differences between being an art teacher and an art therapist and the therapeutic allianced relationship that is so vital in art therapy. She shares her love of raising two boys and gushes over them. She’s helping her oldest son Drew who’s been nominated as one of the selected students of the year in the US who is part of a fundraising competition for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If you’d like to help out Drew and the Society you can make a donation here.

Ida also plays a brand new song by Olivier and Clare Manchon’s “new” band Ici et Là (formerly of Clare and the Reasons), called “Toute Ma Vie” which you can find on Bandcamp and purchase here. For the next month, they will be donating 50% of the proceeds to People’s Place in Kingston.

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