Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives in Montgomery, Alabama. You can keep up with Foster by liking his author pages on Facebook and Amazon, or by connecting with him on LinkedIn.

Foster’s work has centered on subjects from the American South, the arts & humanities, education, and social justice. His most recent book, Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery, about a police-shooting controversy in the mid-1970s, was published by NewSouth Books in November 2018. Foster’s previous book, Children of the Changing South, was published in 2011 and contains memoirs by eighteen writers and historians who grew up in the South during and after the Civil Rights movement. His other published books are biographical works on two often-neglected Southerners, The Life and Poetry of John Beecher (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009) and I Just Make People Up: Ramblings with Clark Walker (NewSouth Books, 2009), and a book of poetry, Kindling Not Yet Split (Court Street Press, 2002). He also acted as general editor for the place-focused curriculum guide Treasuring Alabama’s Black Belt (Alabama Humanities Foundation/Auburn University at Montgomery, 2009). To view Foster’s complete CV of writing credits and related experience, click here.

You can learn more about Foster and his work by clicking the links below:

education & the arts  •  press kit  •  image gallery  •  poetry  •  101 movies  •  101 books

Outside of writing and teaching, Foster’s other interests are Auburn football, his Catholic faith, cooking and eating, craft beers, gardening and urban farming; classic country, rock, and soul music; classic and independent films, family history, social theory and politics. Foster likes Levi’s jeans, Liberty overalls, Coca-Cola, Grapico, Miller High Life, George Dickel No. 8, black coffee with honey in it, Chilean cabernets and Argentine malbecs, Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers, spider lilies, Mexican petunias, and a plate of homestyle food with one vegetable of each color. His turnoffs are bottled water, ice-breaker activities, pop country, bell peppers and black olives, sipping lids on coffee cups, traffic, and most of all, rudeness.

*This Foster Dickson is not the Foster Dickson who works in global youth ministry.

Foster Dickson is available for freelance assignments and contract work in both writing and editing, and for speaking engagements or guest artist presentations related to Southern culture, education, and social-justice subjects.

For more information, you can contact him using the form below:



  1. I ran across your blog while doing an internet search for David Madison Dickson, my 3rd great grandfather. What I found was your post about David Madison Dickson Jr., the password protected post (which I would love to read). I am descended from David Jr.’s brother, Jesse Hamilton Dickson. So, it looks as if you and I are distantly related. I look forward to further perusing your blog posts.


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