Grace Birnstengel

Grace Birnstengel, writer at Next Avenue in a black shirt and pink background.

Grace Birnstengel is a writer and editor for Next Avenue, currently leading an editorial initiative around age-friendly health care – what it means and how people can identify and access care that meets their unique needs. Grace also served as the lead editor on Next Avenue’s series on end-of-life care, choices and conversations.

Grace has a vested interest in exploring issues around aging from diverse perspectives and digging deep into how the intersections of identities (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, socioeconomic status) affect how we age and navigate the world. Her other areas of focus include mental health, the arts and ageism.

She joined Next Avenue in September 2017 after years of experience covering music. Her work has appeared in The Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Minneapolis–St. Paul’s alt-weekly City Pages, The Riveter Magazine,, 89.3 The Current, VICE’s Live Nation TV and more.

Grace holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and gender, women and sexuality studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities with an emphasis in magazine writing and editing.

She lives in Minneapolis and works in St. Paul. (She has no allegiance to either Twin City.) She enjoys seeing live music, thrift shopping and being part of the Twin Cities’ vibrant LGBTQ community.

Reach her by email at [email protected].

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