Nice to meet you, website visitor. I'm Lila Thulin, a journalist, storytelling enthusiast, and winner of my middle school's sixth grade summer reading contest (my grand prize: four dollars stapled to a package of fruit snacks).
Right now, I'm a jack-of-all-trades editorial assistant at Smithsonian magazine, where I write for the website, manage newsletters, coordinate putting the print issue online, and generally help out wherever a CMS whiz and editorial mind might come in handy. Search my byline and you'll find I cover myriad subjects, although some favorites are genetic editing and anything even tangentially involving RBG.
I'm an alumna of Slate and Westword, Denver's alt-weekly, where I wrote fast-twitch news posts as well as longer-gestating articles (see the clips section of this website). My journalistic interests range widely: intersectional feminism, science, politics (especially on issues of gender and religion), arts of all sorts, and education are all near and dear to my heart.
I grew up in Utah (majestic mountain view pictured on this page's backdrop) but headed to California to attend Stanford University, from which I graduated with honors in 2017 with a B.A. in Human Biology (an interdisciplinary major that drew on everything from molecular biology to social psychology), a minor in Creative Writing with a nonfiction concentration, and the ability to bike no-handed. On campus, I was deeply involved in the performing arts, student government, and residential life. And here's my brush with fame: in 2013, I was a YoungArts finalist for writing, which means Timothée Chalamet and I ate dinner rolls in the same Miami hotel ballroom.