Behind The Subscriber Story: Grace Byron

by | August 22, 2023

Grace Byron is a writer based in Queens who stems from the Midwest. Last week, she published a personal essay at The Cut regarding her experience surviving conversion therapy. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you take the time to do so — it’s beautifully written and touches upon a prescient topic that’s frankly, not discussed enough. 

Previously, for Study Hall, Byron wrote an essay about trans femicide and the urgency of including more trans voices in the newsroom. 

A few days after publishing The Cut essay, Byron answered our questions via email. She discussed the significance of using a broad platform, the reception to her piece, and future projects. 

Study Hall: How long have you been freelance writing for? 

Grace Byron: I’ve been freelancing seriously since the end of 2020. A friend of mine became an arts editor at a magazine so I was able to land some pitches and get some pieces to my name. I hadn’t got a lot of traction before then. Honestly I was trying to break into fiction but criticism ended up paying more—and more quickly. 

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