Bronwen Dickey writes about the impact of history on modern cultures, politics, and the environment. She is a regular contributor to The Oxford American, and her work has also appeared in Newsweek, Outside, ISLANDS, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications.
Recent reporting assignments on travel and conservation have taken her from rural Appalachia to the jungles of Central America to the shark sanctuaries of the South Pacific. In 2009 guest editor Simon Winchester selected her essay on North Georgia, “The Last Wild River,” for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Travel Writing and Dwight Garner from The New York Times Book Review called the piece “outstanding.” The same year she was honored with a first-place Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from the Society of American Travel Writers and a residency grant from the MacDowell Colony.
A South Carolina native and the youngest child of the late poet and novelist James Dickey, Bronwen is a graduate of Duke University, where she studied American history and English literature, and Columbia University, where she received two fellowships in creative writing and taught literary nonfiction. She lives with her husband in North Carolina.