Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson has published novels (of medieval historic fiction), works of fantasy literature, creative narrative non-fiction (with a particular interest in nature-writing and writing about rivers and trout), biography, literary criticism, eco-criticism, and Christian apologetics. He has also written for numerous literary journals, magazines, and newspapers on music, arts, philosophy, theology, nature, ecology, fly-fishing and various combinations of these. He was selected as artist-in-residence (as a narrative non-fiction nature-writer) at Glacier National Park in June of 2017 and as artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park in May of 2018.  He is a past director of both the New England Young Writers Conference at Breadloaf and the Gove Hill conference series on Christianity and the Arts and teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont.


  • The Finnsburg Encounter (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1991);
    • also translated and published as: Licht über Friesland (Asslar, Germany: Schulte and Gerth, 1996).
  • Hammers and Nails; the Life and Music of Mark Heard (Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 2003).
  • Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003).
  • (with David O’Hara) From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press2006).
  • (with Jonathan Evans) Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky2006).
  • (with David O’Hara) Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky2009).
  • The Mind and the Machine: What it Means to be Human and Why it Matters (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2011).
      • revised 2nd edition (Eugene: Cascade Press, 2016).
  • A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle-earth (Brazos Press, 2012).
  • The Rood and the Torc: the Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn (San Antonio: Wings Press, 2014).
  • (with David O’Hara) Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia(Eugene: Cascade Press, 2014).
  • The Daegmon War (series)
    • Book 1: The Gifted (Chattanooga: AMG, 2015).
    • Book 2: The Betrayed (Bloomington: Archway, 2016).
    • Book 3: Illengond (Bloomington: Archway, 2017).
  • Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest (San Antonio: Wings Press, 2015).
  • A Tale of Three Rivers: of Wooly Buggers, Bowling Balls, Cigarette Butts and the Future of Appalachian Brook Trout (San Antonio: Wings Press, 2018).
  • The Voices of Rivers: Reflections on Places Wild and Almost Wild (Boston: Homebound Publications, 2019).
  • Disciple Making in a Culture of Power, Comfort, and Fear (Cascade Press, 2020)
  • A Fine Spotted Trout on Corral Creek: on the Cutthroat Competition of Native Trout in the Northern Rockies (Wings Press, 2021)

Visit Matthew Dickerson’s websites here and here.