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Freelance Writing

Isle McElroy writes fiction, memoir, and critical nonfiction. They are available for freelance assignments on the subjects of diet culture, masculinity, non-binary identity, basketball, scammers, books, body dysmorphia, and more.

Contact isle [dot] mcelroy [at] gmail [dot] com for rates and availability. 


"Dolor." Hazlitt.

"The Shape of a Person." Guernica.

"How to Start a Cult" in Esquire.

"The Cruise." Vice. 

"Dead Guy Names." No Tokens.

"The Invitation." TriQuarterly. 

“Red Gods.” Quarterly West.
“Responsible Fear.” Passages North. Winner of the 2016 Neutrino Prize.
“There Are No Footprints Today.” Conjunctions.
“If He Were the Mayor We’d Know.” Green Mountains Review.
“Perhaps Also Broken.” Catapult.
“The Death of Your Son: A Flow Chart.” DIAGRAM.
“Father’s Day 2009.” Gulf Coast.
“Animal Epiphanies.” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
“In Memory of the Whitfield High School Writing Center.” Washington Square.
“The Young Man’s Father Froze to Death in an Ice Storm. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.” Passages North.
“A Man and a Man.” The Adroit Journal.


“Will We Ever Escape Before and After Photos?" The Cut. 

"Why Holding a Grudge is so Satisfying." NYT Mag. 

"This Isn't Your Old Toxic Masculinity. It Has Taken an Insidious New Form." NY Times. 

"How Dressing Up for Halloween Helped Me Embrace My Trans Identity." Vogue. 

Enough With Drinks, Let's Get Ice Cream." Elle Magazine.

“There's Nothing Romantic About Eating Disorders." The Atlantic.

“Who Misses Paying For Things With Cash? Well, I Do." The Guardian.

“Loving Dad From Across a Stranger's Swimming Pool." Harper's Bazaar.

“How Painting My Nails Helped Me Become Myself." GQ.

“The Last Days of Manhood." The Cut. 

"The Corona Inn Diaries." Esquire.

"Books that Reimagine Masculinity." BuzzFeed.

"The Necessity (and Inadequacy) of Trans Self-Acceptance." Lithub.

"The Art of the Scam." Vulture.

"Hazardous Cravings." Tin House. 

"My Bodies." Gay Mag.

“Endure.” New England Review.
“Try Going Home Unchanged by this Painting.” New England Review.
“Face: Me.” The Offing.

Reviews and Interviews

Interview with Genevieve Hudson at Bomb.

Interview with Alexander Lumans at The Believer

Interview with Greg Mania at The Rumpus.

Gabe Habash's Stephen Florida The Atlantic

Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth3:AM Magazine.
Adrienne Celt’s The DaughtersElectric Literature.
Andres Barba’s August, October & Rain Over MadridMusic & Literature.
Medardo Fraile’s Things Look Different in the LightThe Iowa Review.
Can Xue’s The Last LoverColorado Review.
On Marcos Giralt Torrente. The Millions.

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