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Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ Magazine and GQ.com, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens.
Before joining GQ, Lindy spent seven years as an arts critic at Seattle's Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly the Stranger (under editorial director Dan Savage), and from 2012 to 2014 she was a staff writer at Jezebel.com, a subsidiary of Gawker Media. Her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Slate, MSNBC, the New York Daily News, Cracked, and Vulture. In 2011 Lindy co-authored a book (How to Be a Person) with Savage and other Stranger editors; in 2013 she contributed to the Book of Jezebel, edited by Anna Holmes.
As a live performer and commentator, Lindy has appeared on NPR's The Takeaway, Studio 360, Morning Edition, and Live Wire! Radio (as well as numerous regional programs), and in 2013 she recorded her own radio pilot for WNYC. She has been a frequent guest on Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank. Lindy hosts the Moth Radio Hour's StorySLAM every month in Seattle (tickets here!), and she has been a judge on the popular reading series Literary Death Match. Her television appearances include FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, CBC's Connect with Mark Kelley, and VH1's I Love the 2000s.
Lindy has delivered academic addresses (alone and as a panelist) on feminism, rape culture, body image, and writing at institutions including Barnard College, the University of Texas Austin, the University of Tampa, the University of Washington, and the University of South Florida. She has spoken at Bumbershoot, Wordstock Festival of Words, GeekGirlCon, Seattle's Town Hall, and the Women in Secularism Conference.
In 2013, Lindy won the Women's Media Center's Social Media Award, presented by Jane Fonda in New York City. That same year her work was selected among the Nation's top ten feminist articles of the year and the New Statesman's top 20 best online pieces of the year. Lindy herself was profiled by Cosmopolitan and Seattle Magazine, chosen as one of City Arts's artists of the year, and nominated for Best Print/Web Columnist by Mediaite.
Lindy is available for your speaking engagement. She is currently at work on her next book. As soon as this Chopped marathon is over.
She is represented by Gary Morris at the David Black Agency.
(Illustration by Kathryn Rathke.)