Tapping the Center of Things


Mary Jane Dickerson’s collection of poems move from intimacy to statement to intense emotional truth – from close relationships to the land and seasons in the south to the small town of Jericho, Vermont, and the hardiness of New Englanders whose lives are also shaped by the natural world.

“These poems are stories, well told with clarity and detail.” — David Budbill.

“I had to pause to let myself enjoy all of the echoes…” — T. Alan Broughton.



About the Author

Mary Jane Phillips Dickerson, born and raised in North Carolina, has spent most of her adult life in Vermont where she lives in Jericho Center. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she began her teaching career at Campbell University in North Carolina (then Campbell College). After moving to Vermont, Dickerson taught literature and writing in the English Department at the University of Vermont where she remained for more than thirty years, retiring as an Associate Professor of English. Dickerson also participated as writer and faculty member at the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Breadloaf, Vermont. Her scholarly work has taken her to Japan where she has given a series of lectures at two universities in Nagoya and to South Africa where she taught at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa for a semester. Dickerson continues to offer an annual workshop on reading and writing poetry, serves on several community boards in Jericho and University of Vermont boards, and is active in civic work, contributing her time to the Democratic Party and to the town of Jericho as Justice of the Peace on the board of Civil Authority. Dickerson has published several poems and has read her poetry in Vermont and North Carolina. Her book of poems, Tapping the Center of Things, was published by Tamarac Press in 2013.

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