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Lynn Casteel Harper is an essayist, minister, and chaplain. Her debut book, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for 2021.

Lynn’s work has appeared in Kenyon Review OnlineSalonThe Paris ReviewNorth American ReviewThe Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. She is a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant recipient and the winner of the 2017 Orison Anthology Award in Nonfiction.

An ordained Baptist minister, Lynn serves as the Minister of Older Adults at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Lynn completed her M.Div. at Wake Forest University and her chaplaincy residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Before joining Riverside’s staff, Lynn was a nursing home chaplain at a continuing care retirement community, where her passion for dementia and aging justice began. Originally from southeastern Missouri, she lives in New York City with her husband Ryan Harper.