Where am I? What is this?


My name is Dylan Taylor-Lehman, and I am a nonfiction writer currently living in a strange part of Texas. My goal is to tell compelling true stories that do justice to the people or place being written about. I try to approach each topic with an open mind and an appreciation that it exists on its own terms. I particularly like longform journalism and narrative nonfiction, and most of the work you’ll find here is of that variety.

My work has been published in places like Gastro Obscura, Narratively (here, here, and here), and 614 Magazine. I’ve written dozens of articles for a variety of newspapers, and was lucky enough to work as a reporter for two years at an award-winning independent weekly in southwestern Ohio. My current projects include an account of the strange trials experienced by Kafka scholars, a look back at the time my high school played Lebron James’, and an in-depth look at the hard reality faced by a human who suddenly finds himself a quarter-inch tall.

I am represented by Amanda Jain at Bookends Literary, and my book Dance of the Trustees: On the Astonishing Concerns of a Small Ohio Township, will be published by Trillium Press, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press, in summer 2018. (Excerpts from this book can be found on this site!)

Please feel free to get in touch about anything I’ve written! I’m always open to freelancing opportunities and to helping you ghostwrite or coauthor a book you have in mind.

I can be reached at theyawningchasm [at] gmail [dot] com or through the social media accounts associated with this site. Thanks!

A list of the books I’ve read each year since 2008 can be found here. I’ll try to keep it updated.


“Often – and in my innermost self perhaps all the time – I doubt that I am a human being.” – Franz Kafka


One Response to Where am I? What is this?

  1. Thomas Barker says:


    Just added this site to my favorites, and I will get some reading done soon. Just “sampled” “Kingsport, TN.” Looks really good. Can’t wait to finish. I want to wait util I have time to savor it. Keep the pen moving.

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