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Lindsey Drager

Assistant Professor

Address: 74 George Street, Room 102
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:30–3 p.m. and by appointment

Lindsey Drager is the author of the novels The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 John Gardner Fiction Prize; The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017) finalist for a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and winner of a 2017 Shirley Jackson Award; and the forthcoming The Archive of Alternative Endings, a novel-in-stories that offers queer retellings of “Hansel and Gretel” spanning the course of a millennium in 75-year increments that correspond with Earth’s visits by Halley’s Comet (Dzanc, 2019). Her work has received support from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the I-Park Foundation, and she has presented and served on panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the International Society for the Study of Narrative Convention, the &NOW Festival of New Writing, the NonfictioNow Conference, the Montana Book Festival, the AWP Convention, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked for Dalkey Archive Press. Her current projects include a collection of hybrid essays that examines the ethics of staring by investigating the 19th century American Freak Show and 20th century “Ugly Laws” and a fabulist novel about noise pollution and the art of mime told through the trans-historical voice of Echo from Greek mythology.


Ph.D., Creative Writing, University of Denver

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

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

Research Interests

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Narrative Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Rhetoric of the Body
  • Eco and Climate Fiction
  • The Novella
  • Experimental Prose

Courses Taught

ENGL 378: Fiction Writing II

ENGL 403: Advanced Workshop in Fiction Writing



The Archive of Alternate Endings. Dzanc Books, forthcoming 2019.

The Lost Daughter Collective. Dzanc Books, 2017.

The Sorrow Proper. Dzanc Books, 2015.


“Untiring Machines.” Slice. Forthcoming.

“Circumnavigations.” West Branch. Forthcoming.

“Episodes Toward an Elegy for Halley’s Comet.” TriQuarterly. Forthcoming.

“Lifespan of Halley’s Comet.” New Delta Review. Forthcoming.

“Oral History.” Fiction International. Forthcoming.

“Of Breadcrumbs and Constellations.” Michigan Quarterly Review. Summer 2018.

“The Two-Body Problem.” Cincinnati Review. Fall 2017. (Special Mention in Pushcart Prize Anthology 2019)


 “In Defense of Anachronism: W.G. Sebald Interviews Me.” Passages North. Spring 2016.

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

“Against ‘The End’: The Art Studio as Template for the Creative Writing Classroom.” Writing on the Edge. Summer 2017.