Author MATTHEW DICKERSON is the faculty specialist on prose. Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, and an author of numerous works of fiction and creative non-fiction. His book-length works of fiction include two companion volumes of medieval historical heroic romance titled The Finnsburg Encounter and The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn as well as a three-volume fantasy novel collectively titled The Chronicles of Gondisle: The Daegmon War. In addition to numerous narrative essays published in various literary journals, he has also authored a pair of creative narrative non-fiction books on nature, ecology, trout, and fly-fishing titled Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia and Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest.


Composer MICHAEL DICKERSON is the faculty specialist on music. In 2015 Michael was commissioned by Katherine Arden to write a soundscape for the novel The Bear and the Nightingale. That commission led him to explore the compositional techniques he hopes to share in this conference. Other works include a trombone concerto for Giovanni Scarpetta and the National Symphonic Orchestra of Colombia, and currently, a viola and harp double concerto for Anibal Dos Santos, Martha Bonilla, and the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, Michael was featured in the Anchorage Symphony Orhcestra’s ARTic Convergence series, showcasing his piano and flute duet Wedding Tune. He has also recently been commissioned by the Anchorage Museum to perform original incidental music to the film The Blood of a Poet as part of the Celluloid Wednesday series, as well as original music for a 2018 fundraising gala.


We are honored to include HOLLIS MICKEY in our inaugural conference as an interdisciplinary guest artist and educator. Hollis was awarded the 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres. Her texts have been published in audio and print formats, most recently in the audio chapbook ‘Latin Verbs’ and the print journal Cirque. She holds a B.A. with honors and an MA in Performance Studies from Brown University. In addition to being a practicing artist, Hollis works as an advocate for the non-profit arts. She is Director of Learning and Engagement at the Anchorage Museum, where she manages the Education Department. She provides oversight for all platforms of learning at the museum, from school visits to artist happenings to print and digital resources. She manages community partnerships around teaching and learning, coordinates artist-driven programs, and initiated ‘Unbound,’ a literary event series. She was previously Associate Educator, Academic and Public Programs at RISD Museum, and has taught courses at Brown University.