Sidney Thompson

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BornJuly 21, 1965
Memphis, Tennessee
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationB.A. in English
Alma materUniversity of Memphis
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Sidney Thompson (born July 21, 1965) is an American author and academic, who teaches at Texas Christian University..[1]


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he received his B.A. in English from the University of Memphis (while attending the University of Mississippi to study under Barry Hannah), his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Writing within the Southern and Southwestern traditions, he draws his multicultural and satirical themes and characters from history and mores in ways that have been compared to Mark Twain[2], Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Harry Crews[3], Larry McMurtry[4], and R.E.M.[5]

His major works include Sideshow: Stories, recipient of the 2006 Foreword INDIE Silver Award for Short Story Collection of the Year[6], and a trilogy of historical novels[7] about the legendary African-American deputy U.S. marshal Bass Reeves. Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book One was named a 2020 Arkansas Gem by the Arkansas Center for the Book[8] and was a Finalist for the 2021 Spur Award for Historical Novel by Western Writers of America[9], the 2021 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries[10], the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction [11], the 2021 Next Generation Indie Award for Historical Fiction (Pre-1900s)[12], and the Peacemaker Book Award for Best First Western Novel by Western Fictioneers [13]. Follow the Angels includes the chapter "Thataway," which received the Creative Writing Award in 2018 from the Western Literature Association[14]. Hell on the Border: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book Two was a Finalist for the 2021 National Indie Excellence Award for Historical Fiction[15]. Historical figures associated with Bass Reeves who appear in the trilogy include Caesar Bruner of the Black Seminoles at Negro Fort, Nathaniel Lyon, Benjamin McCulloch, Isaac Charles Parker, Albert Pike, Sterling Price, George R. Reeves, and Belle Starr, along with such events and places as Battle of Pea Ridge, Battle of Wilson's Creek, and Fort Washita. The third novel of the trilogy is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2022.

Thompson is known for his fiction, but a notable exception is You/Wee: Poems from a Father, a chapbook of poems addressed to the author's daughter as she progressed from a fetus to a toddler; two of the poems were reprinted in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VIII: Texas.



  1. "William L. Adams Center for Writing | Sidney Thompson".
  2. "Shooting for Freedom".
  3. Noble, Don. "Sideshow".
  4. "Turning Back Evil".
  5. "Sidney Thompson - Sideshow". June 30, 2008.
  6. "2006 Foreword INDIES Finalists in Short Stories (Adult Fiction)".
  7. "Encyclopedia of Arkansas". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
  8. "Arkansas Gems".
  10. "2021 Oklahoma Book Awards Finalists – OK Dept. of Libraries".
  11. "2021 WRMA Finalists". will-rogers.
  12. Awards, Next Generation Indie Book. "Next Generation Indie Book Awards".
  13. "Western Fictioneers".
  14. "Creative Writing Award « Western Literature Association".
  15. "15th Annual Finalists | National Indie Excellence Awards | California". indie-excellence.

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