About Benoit

Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a writer with the New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor of writing and publishing at Emerson College. He is the author of three nonfiction books (his most recent, Travels With Casey, was a New York Times bestseller) and speaks nationally about LGBT issues, youth culture, addiction, and narrative journalism. Benoit is a producer on the upcoming James Franco/Zachary Quinto/Emma Roberts film “Michael,” based on Benoit’s New York Times Magazine piece, “My Ex-Gay Friend.”

Benoit was born and raised in San Francisco and attended the French-American International School, where he played varsity basketball, edited the school newspaper, and wrote plays that were produced by the school. He then attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he fell in love with long-form magazine writing.

Benoit’s work has appeared in The New Republic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the MagazineSlate, Details, Out, and many others. He was named one of the most influential LGBT media members by The Advocate and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR’s Here & Now and Talk of the Nation. Benoit has received numerous fellowships and awards, including from the MacDowell Colony and the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. You can follow him on twitter and instagram.

To learn more about Benoit’s writing and journalism, check out some of these interviews, profiles, and radio interviews

*Out Magazine interviews Benoit about Travels With Casey, his New York Times Magazine work, and the film “Michael.”

*Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with Benoit about Travels With Casey.

*HuffPost Live has Benoit (and Casey) on to talk about Travels With Casey and “Michael.”

*The Good Men Project talks with Benoit about Travels With Casey.

*The Joy Cardin Show from Wisconsin Public Radio invites Benoit on for an hour-long chat about Travels With Casey.

*The Boston Globe interviews Benoit about his nonfiction writing.

*YPulse chats with Benoit about his coverage of youth culture issues.

*MediaBistro asks about Benoit’s biggest break, his hardest assignment, and his advice to young writers.

*The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association goes deep inside Benoit’s New York Times Magazine cover story about kids coming out in middle school.

*Gawker chats with Benoit about his Salon profile of Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries.

*NPR‘s Michel Martin interviews Benoit about his 2009 New York Times Magazine cover story about kids coming out in middle school.

*NPR‘s Neal Conan interviews Benoit about his 2004 New York Times Magazine cover story about teens and hooking up.