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Odie Lindsey

Writer-in-Residence of Medicine, Health, and Society


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On leave 2021-2022 AY


MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

MA, University of Mississippi


Writer-in-Residence Odie Lindsey holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in southern studies from the University of Mississippi. A combat veteran, his related short story collection, We Come to Our Senses (W.W. Norton, 2016), was included on Best of 2016 lists at Military Times and Electric Literature, and his fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short StoriesIowa ReviewColumbiaGuernica, the anthology Forty Stories, and elsewhere. He received a NEA-funded fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Tennessee Arts Commission fellowship in Literature, and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His novel is forthcoming, also from W.W. Norton.

Lindsey’s work often examines the crosscurrents of war, gender, sexuality, and the South, likewise the role of the body in southern literature and culture. His MHS courses include Medicine and Literature, Medicine, Health, and the Body, and Documenting the Body. In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction, Lindsey also served as Associate Editor of the Mississippi Encyclopedia (University Press of Mississippi, 2017), a single-volume book featuring scholarly essays from over 400 contributors.


  • War, literature, and culture of the U.S. South
  • Gender and sexuality in southern culture
  • Memorial and identity in the U.S. South
  • Fiction, creative nonfiction, and essay writing