Individual Author Record
Name: John DicksonPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1916 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionJohn Dickson was born on Chicago's North Side. When he was six his family moved to Glencoe, Illinois. He attended New Trier High School. Dickson lived in the Chicago area most of his life.
Biographical and Professional InformationDickson,a Chicago native, wrote most of his life. After 43 years as a grain broker for the Chicago Board of Trade, John Dickson sold his membership and started writing poetry full-time.Dickson's free-verse poetry reflects Chicago with such subjects as the Aragon Ballroom, Rosehill Cemetery, the Victoria Hotel and the Ravenswood L. He writes of the Chicago artists and heroes: Isadora Duncan, Glenn Miller, Ronald Colman. His involvement with the poetry community in the Chicago area included membership in the Poetry Club of Chicago, Poets and Patrons and serving as treasurer for Thorntree Press. Dickson was a weekly participant in the New Trier Extension Poetry Lab in Winnetka. He contended that the discipline of attending the class forces him to write a new poem or revise an old one every week. Because more than half of his life was spent in the trading pits, Dickson sought noisy settings such as restaurants to do his writing.Since his first poem appeared in Harper's magazine in 1968, Dickson was published more than 300 times in more than 40 journals, including the Southern Poetry Review, Spoon River Quarterly and the prestigious Poetry magazine. His poetry even appeared on CTA buses. Dickson won several awards in national and international poetry competitions.
- Victoria Hotel, Chicago Review Press, 1979
- Waving at Trains, Thorntree, 1986
- The Music of Solid Objects, Thorntree, 1997
- Lake Michigan Scrolls, Puddin'head Press, 2002
Titles At Your Library
Waving at Trains
ISBN: 093939507X Thorntree Pr. 1986
The Music of Solid Objects
ISBN: 0939395223 Thorntree Press. 1997 a book of poetry that deals biographically with the lives of artists and other creative persons.
Lake Michigan Scrolls
ISBN: 0972433902 The Puddin'head Press. 2002 Some poetry lifts the hairs on your arm, some settles in your soul, some awakens you to the realization that you have been where the poet lived. John Dickson's work does all of this and more. From the riverbed to the Starlight Lounge, John Dickson captures creatures with compassion, sketches humankind with humor, and delineates the pathos of poets seeking the works. John Dickson is published over five hundred poems and short stories in numerous magazines, anthologies and poetry collections. He is one of the best known and most respected poets in Illinois.