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‘Readings at the Nick’ begins fall lineup with poetry

Matthew DickmanAward-winning poet and Portland native Matthew Dickman will present a reading Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. It is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series.

Dickman will read from his new book, slated to be published in fall 2012 by W.W. Norton & Co. He will also read from his award-winning first poetry book “All-American Poem,” which won the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, and the 2009 Oregon Book Award from Literary Arts of Oregon.

Dickman is also the author of two chapbooks, “Amigos” and “Something about a Black Scarf.” His poems have appeared in Tin House Magazine, McSweeny’s, Ploughshares, The Believer, BOMB online, and The New Yorker among others. He holds a degree from the University of Oregon.

The Los Angeles Times claims “Dickman crystallizes and celebrates human contact, reminding us…that our best memories, those most worth holding on to, those that might save us, will be memories of love.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.