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I'm an associate professor at Emerson College and a longtime contributing writer with The New York Times Magazine, where I've authored covers and features about identity, LGBT issues, mental health, relationships, animals, and sports. My nonfiction work has been turned into a feature film, partly inspired a Netflix documentary, and received fellowship support from New America, MacDowell, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, where I'm currently a Public Scholar.

I've written three books published by Simon & Schuster, including America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life and The New York Times bestselling Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy CountryI'm at work on a new book (titled We Don't Know You Anymore) about transformation and identity change. 

I'm half French and divide my time between Boston and Prague.

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      Benoit writes with an impressive mix of transparency and compassion... He sees deep into the sadness of desperate people, and equally deep into the systems that redeem such sadness.

      Andrew Solomon


      (Benoit writes) kicky, cutting-edge work to show younger readers who think journalism is dead.

      Library Journal

      (Benoit's book) American Voyeur marries comprehensive reporting to perhaps the best chosen subject matter I’ve read in a long time, the kind of stories you clip and save over months before discovering they belong in a single author’s folder.

      The San Francisco Chronicle


      Denizet-Lewis offers stirring and sensitive portraits of individuals—frequently adolescents—struggling to articulate desire and identity while bearing the weight of societal taboo and marginalization.

      Publishers Weekly


      Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a world-class writer... (He) will seize your summer afternoons like lemonade in a hammock.

      Armistead Maupin

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