In 1989, Trouble the Water won the Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award. Vanishing Rooms won a Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Literature in 1992.
He was a Professor of Literature at Queens College from 1980 until his death, at age 42. He died of complications from AIDS, which he had been battling since 1969, in his hometown, one year after his partner Richard Horovitz did.
Collection of poems
- Ride Out the Wilderness: Geography and Identity in Afro-American Literature
Collection of essays
- A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader (2010)
- Nelson, Emmanuel Sampath (1999). Contemporary African American novelists: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 129–136. ISBN 0-313-30501-3.
- A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader, ed. Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. McBride, University Press of Mississippi, 2006
- "Melvin Dixon, 42, Professor and Author". New York Times. 29 October 1992. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Kennedy, Constance Decker (24 September 1989). "University Presses/In Short; Fiction". New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Richard Horovitz, 44, Foundation Executive". New York Times. 20 July 1991. Retrieved 1 February 2012.