Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. His new book Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery was published by NewSouth Books in November 2018.
Biography for Introductions:
Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and award-winning 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 fifteen years there has been awarded two Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching Tolerance grants, two Gannett Foundation grants, an Artist Teacher Fellowship from the Surdna Foundation, a Writer-in-Service Residency from the Lillian E. Smith Foundation, a Community Legacy Project grant from the Center for Arts Education at the Boston Arts Academy, an Arts in Education grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and Honorable Mention education grant from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. He was named Secondary Education Teacher of the Year by the Alabama PTA in 2010. 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.