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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#98 “Artists and Activists” Helene Richman + Judith “Zelda” Miller

My first guest today is Helene Richman, a mom, wife, artist and creative force behind @brandhelene (Twitter, Facebook) who’s been working with a group of girl entrepreneurs, the Start Up Squad, at the Hodge Center in Kingston, NY. She’s been helping them learn about and build a business. I got to hang out with the girls a few weeks ago and talk about how to create their own radio show. After some prep and a little training, they all got to interview one another. I play some snippets of their interviews during today’s show as well as talk about what the girls have done in the program. After meeting with several entrepreneurs in the area the girls settled in on t-shirts for their business which they will debut at @madeinkingstonny this Thursday! Helene also shares about her corporate business experience and how she’s transferring that in to more service oriented roles. This year she organized the Hudson Valley Design Collective, (Facebook) focusing on upcycling used tectiles in an effort to help shift the waste in the clothing business. The Collective will also be at Made in Kingston along with Helene’s other endeavor with BlocArt, selling upcycled wood made by living wage workers in South Africa. No wonder this lady has another cold!

Next up is Zelda aka Judith Z. Miller @artistsoulspeaks an artist, actor, aspiring shaman and healer who’s talking about her work-in-progress solo show, Que Será, Será: A Life’s Journey of Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression. This multi-media show chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from childhood in the 1950’s to adulthood. Zelda will be performing a work-in-progress production of the show on December 7 @ 8:30 pm & December 8 @ 3 pm at the @lgbtqcenter here in Kingston. Zelda shares about how she got into theater, some of the more powerful experiences she’s had like performing pieces in a women’s prison in Virginia, or a short piece that helped her heal her younger self who was forced to wear dresses against her wishes. Zelda is a gifted, open-hearted, magical and mystical being who has stories to share that are guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and most definitely think! If you can’t get to her live performance, Radio Kingston will be live streaming the Sunday show from their Facebook page which you can view any time ->->-> Check it out!!!

Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

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