level:deepsouth is an online anthology created in 2020 with the goal of documenting Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s by collecting works of creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoirs, and reviews) about our lives back then and since then.
Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, award-winning teacher, and life-long resident of Montgomery, Alabama. After attending both public and private schools then working a series of dead-end jobs in his teens and twenties, Foster began his writing and editing career at independent publisher NewSouth Books, where he worked in both the business and creative sides of company’s operation. He then began teaching in 2003, and during his seventeen years in the classroom, Foster has been awarded grants, fellowships, or residencies from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, the Gannett Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the Lillian E. Smith Foundation, the Center for Arts Education at the Boston Arts Academy, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Foster was also named the state’s Secondary Education Teacher of the Year by the Alabama PTA in 2010, and he was recently a participant in Arizona State University’s National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy. His published books include Children of the Changing South, an anthology of memoirs about growing up during and after the Civil Rights movement, and most recently Closed Ranks, about a police-shooting controversy in the mid-1970s. To read some of Foster’s writing about growing up Generation X in the Deep South, click here.
The Good Word
Kiss the mountain air we breathe / Goodbye, it’s time to fly!“Surprise Valley” by Widespread Panic
I fit in better than you. At least I’m wearing cowboy boots.– from “My Cousin Vinny”
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss