The Dickman twins (Matthew is the younger and slightly taller) were raised in the Lents neighborhood of Portland, which declined into a dangerous neighborhood after a highway was built through it in 1975. Their mother, Wendy Dickman, raised them alone; her stepfather was the father of poet Sharon Olds. They have a younger half-sister and had an older half-brother and half-sister through their father, Allen Hull. After starting at the elementary school across the street, the boys attended private schools. Matthew Dickman went to Portland Community College and then graduated with a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2001; the brothers then studied creative writing together at the University of Texas, Austin. They were initially actors as well as poets but decided to focus on poetry; they played the precognitive twins in the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report. After graduate school Michael Dickman lived in Hudson, New York, but by 2009 both had returned to Portland, where he worked at Whole Foods; both brothers supported themselves with food-service jobs since a joint apprenticeship to a butcher at age thirteen.
Matthew Dickman has received fellowships from The Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is the author of three chapbooks, Amigos , Something about a Black Scarf and Wish You Were Here, and three full-length poetry collections. His first book, All-American Poem, was winner of the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry, published by American Poetry Review and distributed by Copper Canyon Press. He was also the winner of the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for that book, and the inaugural May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His second full collection of poetry, Mayakovsky's Revolver, was published by W. W. Norton and Company in 2012. He is also the coauthor with his brother, of the 2012 poetry collection 50 American Plays, also published by Copper Canyon Press, and the 2016 Brother, a collection of poems on their half-brother's suicide. His third collection,Wonderland, was published in 2018 by Norton.
Dickman is the poetry editor of Tin House magazine and a creative writing faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has been a Visiting Writer at Reed College, and is an adjunct fellow at The Attic institute in Portland.
- 2006 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
- 2008 Oregon Literary Fellowships recipient
- 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry.
- 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award
- 2009 Oregon Book Award finalist
- Dickman, Matthew (2007). Amigos. Q Ave Press.
- — (2008). Something about a black scarf. Azul Press.
- — (2013). Wish you were here. Spork Press.
- — (2014). 24 Hours. Onestar Press/Poor Claudia.
- Dickman, Matthew (2008). All-American poem. American Poetry Review.
- — (2012). Mayakovsky's revolver. W. W. Norton.
- — (2012). 50 American plays : poems. Copper Canyon Press.
- — (2018). Wonderland: Poems. W.W. Norton.
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- Alex Clark (June 19, 2016). "'The only way I could really talk about his suicide was in a poem'". The Guardian (interview).
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