Dickman attended and graduated from La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, after which he attended five colleges (Portland State, the University of San Francisco, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University and the University of Oregon). He received a fellowship from The James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. In 2009, he received an Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.
His poem "Returning to Church" was awarded the 2008 Narrative Prize by Narrative Magazine. Dickman's first book, The End of the West, was published in 2009 by Copper Canyon Press. His second book, Flies (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), won the 2010 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is also the coauthor, with his twin brother Matthew Dickman, of the 2012 poetry collection 50 American Plays, published by Copper Canyon Press.
Michael and Matthew Dickman were the subject of an April 6, 2009, New Yorker profile.
- End of the West (Copper Canyon Press, 2009)
- Flies (Copper Canyon Press, 2011)
- 50 American Plays (co-authored with Matthew Dickman) (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)
- "The End of the West". Copper Canyon Press. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Michael Dickman: 2009 Hodder Fellow". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- Marshall, John (February 2, 2009). "Portland twins Matthew and Michael Dickman are making their mark in the poetry world". Seattle PI. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- "Michael Dickman Receives the James Laughlin Award". Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- Mead, Rebecca (April 6, 2009). "Couplet: A Pair of Twin Poets". The New Yorker: 42–49.
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