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Children of the Changing South

Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives in Montgomery, Alabama. Foster’s work has centered mainly on subjects related to the American South, multiculturalism, education, and social justice. His most recent book, Children of the Changing South, was published by McFarland & Co. in 2011. This edited collection (with Foster’s introduction) contains memoirs by eighteen writers and historians who grew up in the South during and after the civil rights movement. The Alabama Writers Forum’s review of the book stated, “Besides being a great read, this collection provides a valuable new perspective on Southern history.”

Foster’s other published books are two 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 is currently at work on a book about the Whitehurst Case, a police-shooting controversy that occurred in Montgomery, Alabama in the mid-1970s.

Outside of writing and teaching, Foster’s other interests are Auburn football, his Catholic faith, cooking and eating, gardening, urban homesteading, classic country and soul music, classic and independent films, family history, social theory and politics. Foster has profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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. His two readily available presentations for secondary-education teachers are:

  • Peer Reviewing within a Writing Process
  • Start by Listening: Ethnographic Experiential Learning through Community Partnerships

To request more information, including a resumé of experience and credits, you can contact him at foster [dot] dickson [at] gmail [dot] com.

*The Foster Dickson who writes this blog is not the same person as the Foster Dickson who works in a global youth ministry. 

3 thoughts on “About

  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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