Who is she?

Miss Manhattan is Elyssa Maxx, a freelance writer and photographer. She works primarily within the realms of arts, culture, and fabulousness. Her book Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City is out now from Hanover Square Press. It was named a 2024 Stonewall Honor Book for the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Book Award, one of Vogue’s Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2023, one of Booklist’s Best History Books of 2023, and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ+ Nonfiction. Elyssa's writing and photography have also been published inVogue, Vanity Fair, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New Yorker, them., InsideHook, Artforum, Elle, New York, i-D, and many others.

You can probably find her gallivanting around the fair isle of Manhattan with her camera and a drip coffee with milk and two Splendas.

New York runs in Elyssa's veins, where it is the primary inspiration to keep her heart beating. Her soul breathes New York and she doubts her love affair with it will end anytime soon. In the meantime, she writes about her experiences in the 212 and beyond, learning not only about the city but about herself.

Miss Manhattan can be reached for inquiries at elyssa@miss-manhattan.com. To view more of Elyssa's work, check her out at www.elyssamaxxgoodman.com.

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