Nancy Dorman-Hickson

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2023 Participant · Non-Fiction · Essay

Nancy  Dorman-Hickson
Nancy Dorman-Hickson

A contributor to All Day, All Night: Life, Death & Angels (Madville Publishing) edited by Susan Cushman, Nancy Dorman-Hickson considers her essay "A Brother's Death" a forerunner to her in-progress memoir. In it, she seeks answers to present-day questions about faith, loss, and living in today's divided world by drawing on stories from her life in the South. She co-authored Diplomacy and Diamonds (Hachette), the memoir of Joanne King Herring, the Texan portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Charlie Wilson's War. Dorman-Hickson also ghostwrote Family Secrets: My experience with family violence (Woman's Missionary Union). After nearly 20 years as a features editor at Southern Living and Progressive Farmer magazines, Dorman-Hickson now freelances, writing for magazines as well as the Birmingham Zoo and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her awards include nomination for the National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors; Writer of the Year (multiple times) from the American Agriculture Editors Association; the Videographer Award of Distinction, profiling Mississippian Oseola McCarty; National Federation of Press Women awards; and the American Values Community Action network. Her most treasured recognition, however, is a hand-written note from Harper Lee for an essay about the author. Dorman-Hickson received her bachelor's from Mississippi State and master's from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, both in communication. She lives with her husband Mark Hickson in Birmingham, Alabama, near their adult twin son and daughter. She loves to travel, too much for a writer trying to complete a memoir. See

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  • All Night: Life, Death & Angels

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