Matthew Dickman

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Matthew Dickman (born August 20, 1975) is an American poet. He and his identical twin brother, Michael Dickman, also a poet, were born in Portland, Oregon.


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.[1] They have a younger half-sister and had an older half-brother and half-sister through their father, Allen Hull.[2] 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.[1] 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.[1][2] 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.[1]


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.[3] 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,[4] 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.[1] 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.[5] He is also the coauthor with his brother, of the 2012 poetry collection 50 American Plays, also published by Copper Canyon Press,[6] and the 2016 Brother, a collection of poems on their half-brother's suicide.[2] His third collection,Wonderland, was published in 2018 by Norton.[7]

His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, AGNI Online,[8] The Missouri Review,[9] and The New Yorker.[10]

Dickman is the poetry editor of Tin House magazine[11] and a creative writing faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.[12] He has been a Visiting Writer at Reed College,[13] and is an adjunct fellow at The Attic institute in Portland.[14]




  • 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e Rebecca Mead (April 6, 2009). "Couplet: A Tale of Twin Poets". The New Yorker.
  2. ^ a b c 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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  5. ^ "Fiction Review: Mayakovsky's Revolver by Matthew Dickman". 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
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  7. ^ "Wonderland Book Page". Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  8. ^ "AGNI Online: Author Matthew Dickman". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  9. ^ "The Missouri Review". The Missouri Review. Archived from the original on 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
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  11. ^ "Staff - About Us". Tin House. Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  12. ^ "Matthew Dickman | Vermont College of Fine Arts". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  13. ^ "Reed College | News Center | Matthew Dickman". 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  14. ^ "Teachers & Staff". Attic Institute. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  15. ^ "Arts: Feb 9th, 2006". Provincetown Banner. 2006-02-09. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  16. ^ Denning, Susan (2009-02-03). "Paper Fort: Fellowship Recipient Matthew Dickman". Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  17. ^ "Literary Arts". Literary Arts. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-05-01.

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