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, the arts & humanities, 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). His current book about the Whitehurst Case, a police-shooting controversy in Montgomery, Alabama in the mid-1970s, is in the editorial phase with NewSouth Books. A 2017 release date is expected.
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, Instagram, 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, you can contact him at foster [dot] dickson [at] gmail [dot] com. Or you can look over a a resumé of selected credits and experience.
*The Foster Dickson who writes this blog is not the same person as the Foster Dickson who works in a global youth ministry.