Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and award-winning teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. His most recent book Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery was published by NewSouth Books in 2018.
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Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher in Montgomery, Alabama, a city long billed as “the Cradle of the Confederacy and the Birthplace of Civil Rights.” Living in the Heart of Dixie, Dickson writes from the perspective of a person whose life cannot be separated from the history of the Deep South. He began his career at independent publisher NewSouth Books, where he worked in both the business and creative sides of company’s operation. Dickson began teaching creative writing at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in 2003, and during his eighteen years there has been awarded grants, fellowships, and residencies the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, the Gannett Foundation , the Surdna Foundation, the Lillian E. Smith Foundation, the Center for Arts Education at the Boston Arts Academy, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission; he has also been a participant in Arizona State University’s National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy. Foster was named as the state’s Secondary Education Teacher of the Year by the Alabama PTA in 2010, and he is currently a Literary Arts Fellow for the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His published books include I Just Make People Up: Ramblings with Clark Walker; The Life and Poetry of John Beecher; Children of the Changing South; and most recently Closed Ranks.
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