Matthew Dickerson


SUMMER 2015. My new 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.) If you’d like an autographed copy (and don’t live close enough to ask me for one) you can order a copy through my own favorite local independent book store: the Vermont Book Shop.

The Gifted is the first volume of a three-volume novel titled The Daegmon WarThe Betrayed, volume two in the novel, is now written and scheduled for release in the first half of 2016. Kirk DouPonce, of DogEared Design, did the cover for The Gifted (as well as some covers for Stephen Lawhead , one of my favorite authors) has started work on the cover of The Betrayed. You can see some of his other cover art at


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 Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 (and beyond): Wings Press in San Antonio will release the first book of my new series on trout, fly fishing, and ecology. The series is to be titled HEARTSTREAMS. Volume 1, Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest, is going to print in the Summer of 2015 and should be available in the Fall. It will feature prints from Texas artist Barbara Whitehead.


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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