About

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, 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). He also acted as general editor for the place-focused curriculum guide, Treasuring Alabama’s Black Belt (AHF/AUM, 2009). 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.

Read more about Foster’s work in education and the arts.

Click here for Foster’s press kit.

Outside of writing and teaching, Foster’s other interests are Auburn football, his Catholic faith, cooking and eating, gardening, urban homesteading; classic country, rock, and soul music; classic and independent films, family history, social theory and politics. Foster has profiles on FacebookTwitter, 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 readily available professional development workshops for secondary-education teachers are:

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

To request more information, you can contact him using the form below.

*This Foster Dickson is not the same person as the Foster Dickson who works in a global youth ministry.