Lindsay Tuggle (PhD) is a poet and cross-genre writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her debut collection, Calenture, was named one of The Australian’s “Books of the Year” (2018), shortlisted for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature’s Mary Gilmore Award, and Commended in the Australian Poetry Foundation’s Anne Elder Award. Lindsay’s creative work has featured in The North American Review, Common-Place, Cordite, The Journal of Poetics Research, Mascara Literary Review, Rabbit, Red Room Poetry, HEAT and The Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Her poems have consistently placed in major literary awards, including: the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's Poetry Prize (shortlisted by UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage in 2016, long-listed in 2014 and 2017), the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (shortlisted 2015), and the Val Vallis Award for Poetry (second prize 2009, third prize 2014). Calenture is available from Cordite Books (Australia) and Small Press Distribution (North America).
Lindsay’s nonfiction book, The Afterlives of Specimens, uncovers an interwoven network of mourning rituals and anatomical investigations undertaken by the poet Walt Whitman and his medical and literary contemporaries to unsettle divisions between science and spirit (Iowa Whitman Series 2017). The archival research underpinning this project was supported by grants and fellowships from the Kluge Centre at Library of Congress, the Mütter Museum / College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney. Lindsay is a Research Associate with the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, where she also teaches nineteenth-century literature.
A dual citizen of Australia and the US, Lindsay has spent most of her life living and writing in and around Sydney. She grew up in Alabama, Kentucky, and Kansas before moving to Australia nineteen years ago. Transpacific dissociative perspectives on both of her ‘home’ countries are central to her creative practice. Before her career as a writer, Lindsay was a social worker and an advocate for gender violence survivors.