Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of Closed Ranks, the editor of Nobody’s Home and level:deepsouth, and the coordinator of the Fitzgerald Museum’s annual Literary Contest.

Foster has been writing nonfiction for more than twenty years. Alongside full-length books, his publication credits also include entries in encyclopedias, articles in magazines and newspapers, and reviews of books. Below is a sampling of his nonfiction work. Click on the links to read.

Biographical Essays

Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement

Mary Elvira Wood  •  Mary A John Watson  •   Pearl Still (Nowlin)

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Andrew Lytle  •  John Beecher  •  Mary Ward Brown 


Montgomery Advertiser

“Normandale: Where Everybody Knew Your Name”
published February 7, 2020

It’s a Southern Thing (Red Clay Media)

“Artists and Writers Will Love This Quiet Mountaintop Retreat”
published February 1, 2020 

Multicultural Review

“Bringing Poetry Back Home”
published in Winter 2009

Montgomery Living (now River Region Living)

2007 – 2008: contributing writer 

NPR’s “This I Believe” project

“Writing is Activism”
published in January 2007

Evergreen Review 

“An Interview with Ron Whitehead”
published in June 2005, issue #110


Callaloo: A Journal of the African Diaspora

book review of The South That Wasn’t There by Michael Kreyling
published in Summer 2012

Alabama Writers Forum

book review of American Happiness by Jacqueline Trimble
published in January 2018

book review of Hard Rain by Frye Gaillard
published in February 2019

book review of Freedom’s Dominion by Jefferson Cowie
published in April 2023