Matthew Dickerson


RECENT NEWS:  I am excited about several recently published and forthcoming books. See below for more details, or go to my books tab. With the help of my new social media publicist Mark Dickerson, I now have a new Instagram (@MatthewTDickerson) and Twitter (@DickersonWrites) account. Follow along, if you are interested.

My new album “Presence” with the duet Dickerson and Nop is now available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and other outlets for digital music distribution.  See the link below for some full song samples from “Presence” as well as from our earlier Christmas CD “The Brilliant Whiteness of Snow”.

SUMMER 2015. My fantasy novel  The Gifted is now in print (released May, 2015) and available through independent stores everywhere (as well as at physical and on-line box stores.)  The Gifted is the first volume of a three-volume novel titled The Daegmon War.  Volume two of the novel, The Betrayed, is now written and scheduled for release in the first half of 2016. Kirk DouPonce, of DogEared Design, did the cover for both books (as well as some covers for Stephen Lawhead , You can see some of his other cover art at

I also have a newly published work of creative narrative non-fiction titled Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest, published by Wings Press.  The book feature original linographs from Texas artist Barbara Whitehead. Author Sue Halpern writers, If Matthew Dickerson’s paean to the cold waters and elusive fish of the American southwest were not so beautifully rendered you might be tempted to put it down, get out your rod, and step into the nearest stream. But Trout In The Desert will stop you in your tracks. It is not only a splendid testament to one man’s passion, but an enchanting evocation of a landscape’s unfolding secrets." This is the first book of a new series on trout, fly fishing, and ecology. The series is titled HEARTSTREAMS.


September 2014: After more than six years of research and writing with my good friend David O’Hara, I am excited that our new collaboratively authored book is finally in print. Visit your favorite bookstore for a copy of  Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia . See the endorsements below! This is our third book together (and hopefully not the last.)  In Summer of 2015 we are teaching a creative writing class together in Alaska. We have also launched, a new website devoted to fly fishing, trout, and ecology: (I will still maintain my fly-fishing tab on this site to share photos and occasional recommendations for guides and gear, most of my my fishing writing will migrate to that site.)

Coming in 2016 (and beyond): The Betrayed, Vol 2 of the Daegmon War, is set for release in May of 2016. Wings Press in San Antonio will release the second book of my new series HEARTSTREAMS. It is about some rivers in the Appalachians and will feature original art from Vermont artist Courtney Allenson.

News. Updates. A Brief Welcome.


If you’d like an autographed copy of either of these books, and you don’t live close enough to ask me for one personally, you can order a copy through my own favorite local independent book store: the Vermont Book Shop.  I will head down there and autograph it for you. They also carry, or can get a hold of, most of my older books as well.

About Downstream

“The prose is calm, composed, and strong: appropriate there’s a strong and deep current that runs through the book, a current of care. It swept me along, start to finish.” 

    —Bill McKibben (from the Afterword)

''Downstream is an immersion (almost literally) in the streams and rivers of Appalachia in the company of two university professors, friends who through the years have developed both competence and knowledge in fly fishing. From its early pages I was riveted. Their language is exuberant but also disciplined. It didn't take me long to know that it would soon take its place on my bookshelf alongside John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. They are that good.''

     --Eugene H. Peterson

''This book traces and enacts the intricacies of confluence within the Appalachian chain's fissured topography. Just as the rich terminology related to aquatic invertebrates, the life cycle of trout, and fly-tying gathers into a larger ecological, geological, and social vision, so too the distinctive voices of these two fine writers join in a moving dialogue on friendship and family, literature and the land.''

     --John Elder