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Sidney Thompson

Dr. Sidney Thompson is a Writing Consultant for the William L. Adams Center for Writing and serves as the center’s liaison with Brite Divinity School. He also teaches writing for the English Department and African-American literature for the Master of Liberal Arts program. Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in American fiction, with specializations in creative writing and African-American narratives, and an M.F.A. in creative writing (fiction). He is the author of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book One (Bison Books, 2020), historical fiction about the legendary African-American lawman Bass Reeves. Book Two is due out March 2021. Thompson’s other books are You/Wee: Poems from a Father (Prolific Press, 2018) and Sideshow, winner of Foreword Magazine’s Silver Award for Short Story Collection of the Year (River City, 2006). His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have received numerous awards and appeared in such literary journals and anthologies as The American Literary Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Cortland Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (UK), Grey Sparrow Journal, Paste Magazine, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, RHINO Poetry, The Southern Poetry Anthology (VIII: Texas), The Southern Review, Stories from the Blue Moon Café (Volumes 1 & 2), storySouth, and Writing Texas. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and he and his wife, Sara, have four children.

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Selected Publications

Sideshow: Stories (2006) (book)

“Antenna Club” in The Cortland Review (2014)

“The Car Saleman” in Ragazine (2015)

“The Coldirons” in Ginosko Literary Journal (2014)

“First Love in Latin” in 2River View (2017)

“I Kissed Eudora Welty” in 2 Bridges Review (2013)

“Is This It” in Cleaver Magazine (2014)

“Levee” in Waxwing Literary Journal (2016)

“Pothole” in Midway Journal (2015)

“Salve” in RHINO (2014)

“When I Was Saved by the White Stripes” in storySouth (2014)

“The Quadrangular Oedipus Complex of Father, Mother, Son, and ´the Mother Master´ in Jones´s The Known World in The Human Journal (2013)


“Reasons to Write” in LitBridge (2012)