Michael Dickman

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Michael Dickman is an American poet born August 20, 1975 in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, and Narrative Magazine.[1] Michael Dickman currently teaches at Princeton University. He is married and has two children.

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.[2]

His poem "Returning to Church" was awarded the 2008 Narrative Prize by Narrative Magazine.[3] Dickman's first book, The End of the West, was published in 2009 by Copper Canyon Press. His second book, Flies[4] (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), won the 2010 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.[5] He is also the coauthor, with his twin brother Matthew Dickman, of the 2012 poetry collection 50 American Plays,[6] published by Copper Canyon Press.

He along with his brother Matthew starred as the pre-cog twins, Arthur and Dashiell respectively, in the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report.

Michael and Matthew Dickman were the subject of an April 6, 2009, New Yorker profile.[7]



  • Dickman, Michael (2009). The end of the West. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press.
  • — (2011). Flies. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press.
  • Dickman, Matthew & Michael Dickman (2012). 50 American plays : poems. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press.
  • Green Migraine (Copper Canyon Press, 2016)
  • — (2019). Days & days.

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
From the canal 2013 Dickman, Michael (May 6, 2013). "From the canal". The New Yorker. 89 (12): 36.
Hotel days 2019 Dickman, Michael (March 4, 2019). "Hotel days". The New Yorker. 95 (2): 42–43.
Mouse hunt 2014 Dickman, Michael (September 1, 2014). "Mouse hunt". The New Yorker. 90 (25): 46–47.