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November 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


The Clark College Columbia Writers Series launches its 2012-2013 season

Clark College welcomes prize-winning poet Matthew Dickman on Nov. 30


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will welcome nationally recognized poet Matthew Dickman on Nov. 30 when the renowned Columbia Writers Series opens its 2012-2013 season.

Dickman will speak and do readings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Clark’s Penguin Student Lounge, located in the Penguin Union Building.  The event is free and open to the public.  Directions and maps are available at

Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services (DSS) Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP). The DSS office is located in room 137 in Clark’s Gaiser Hall. 

The Columbia Writers Series was launched at Clark College in 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college and the region. Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at

Still image from a YouTube clip of Matthew Dickman reading poetry. Features a link to take you to the video.

About Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman
Photo © Laura Murphy

Born on August 20, 1975 in Portland, Oregon, Matthew Dickman was raised by his mother in the suburb of Lents. After studying at the University of Oregon, he earned an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center.

Dickman's first full-length collection, All American Poem, won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. He is also the author of two chapbooks: Amigos (Q Ave. Press, 2007), and Something About a Black Scarf (Azul Press, 2008). His second collection–Mayakovsky's Revolver – was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in Oct. 2012.

Dickman's awards include the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, the 2009 Oregon Book Award, and two fellowships from Literary Arts of Oregon. He has also received residencies and fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, The Vermont Studio Center, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The Lannan Foundation.

In addition to writing, Dickman serves as Associate Editor for Tin House magazine. He also appeared in the 2002 film Minority Report alongside his twin brother, poet Michael Dickman.