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Lindsey Drager

Assistant Professor

Address: 74 George Street, Room 102
Office Hours: Mondays, 1–3 p.m. & by appointment

Lindsey Drager is the author of the novels The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017) and The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Prize, recipient of Silver in the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction, and now available in braille. She has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and has received fully funded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the I-Park Foundation. In 2017, she presented work and served on panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the International Society for the Study of Narrative Convention, the NonfictioNow Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel-in-stories tentatively titled The Archive of Alternative Endings, which offers queer retellings of the Hansel and Gretel narrative over the course of a millennium told in 75-year increments that correspond with the passing of Halley’s comet.


2016 – Ph.D., Creative Writing, University of Denver

2011 – M.F.A., Fiction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2008 – B.A., English & Creative Writing, Grand Valley State University

Research Interests

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Literary Publishing
  • Narrative Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Rhetoric of the Body
  • The Novella
  • Experimental Prose



The Lost Daughter Collective. Dzanc Books, 2017.

The Sorrow Proper. Dzanc Books, 2015.


“The Wake of Negative Space: Narrating Loss in Two Recent Novellas.” Georgia Review. Summer 2017.

“In Defense of Anachronism: W.G. Sebald Interviews Me.” Passages North. Spring 2016. (Nominated for Pushcart Prize)

“To Possess is to Extinguish: A Gothic Essay.” Copper Nickel. Winter 2015. (Listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2016)

“The World Without Libraries: A Speculation.” Huffington Post. April 28th 2015.


“The Two-Body Problem.” Cincinnati Review. Fall 2017.

“Chronometry.” New South. Fall 2016.

“House of the Former Her.” Fourteen Hills. Summer 2016.

“The Archive of Alternative Endings.” Hayden’s Ferry Review. Spring 2015. (Nominated for Pushcart Prize)