James Dickey was born in Buckhead, Georgia, in 1923. He is the author of more than 25 poetry collections, including Into the Stone and Other Poems (1960); Helmets (1964); and Buckdancer’s Choice (1965), which won a National Book Award and a Melville Cane Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also the author of three novels and two volumes of essays and criticism. Considered one of the major mid-20th century American poets, Dickey was selected as Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress in 1966, a post that he held for two years. Among his awards are a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Order of the South Award. He held several teaching positions at Rice University and the University of Florida, and served as poet-in-residence and professor of English at the University of South Carolina in 1960. James Dickey died in 1997.
Audio Recordings of James Dickey
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, James Dickey reading his poems in the Recording Laboratory, April 22, 1960
- James Dickey reading his poems with comment in the Coolidge Auditorium, Nov. 8, 1965
- James Dickey reading his poems with comment in the Coolidge Auditorium, Oct. 3, 1966
- James Dickey reading his poems with comment in the Coolidge Auditorium, May 6, 1968