Voices of Rivers


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Homebound Publications
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8.4 X 8.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew Dickerson was a June 2017 artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park and a May 2018 artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park. He is the author of several works of fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as literary explorations of mythopoeic literature with a particular focus on environmental aspects of the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis.

His previous narrative non-fiction nature writing includes several books about rivers and the trout that dwell in them: Downstream and Trout in the Desert. His most recent novel is a work of medieval historical fiction titled The Rood and the Torc, set in 7th-Century Europe and inspired by a fragment of the medieval poem Beowulf. He is also the co-author of Ents, Elves, and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien, Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis, and From Homer to Harry Potter: a Handbook of Myth and Fantasy.

Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont where he has had affiliations with the Computer Science Department, Environmental Studies Program, Writing Program, and the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf.


For the earnest fly fisherman, life on earth is measured by encounter, not only with the cutthroat or the brookie, but with the big story being written beneath all things. Matthew T. Dickerson stewards the whole of the world through his insistence on direct experience with the primal domain and, The Voices of Riversis water-marked with the cultivated sensibilities of a devoted guide. I would fish with him any day of the week.

-James Scott Smith, author of Water, Rocks and Trees

"The Voices of the River takes you to some of our countries most precious places and immerses you, not only in its rivers, but also its mountains and forests. You feel the water rush by, watch the wildlife and touch the earth, today, and with an appreciation and urgency to protect these grand yet vulnerable places. Matthew Dickerson writes with an Aldo Leopold-esque ability to describe his surroundings and make you treasure these public places. This book is a must-read, surely for anglers who take pleasure in casting for dolly varden, brook trout and other native fish, and for those who care about the health of our peaks, woodlands and waterways. More importantly, this book is for those disconnected from our wild lands and water by distance or desire, or those who simply don't think about it. After reading The Voices of the River, you will."

-Lisa Ballard, Three-time Emmy-winning producer/host, Wildlife Journal (PBS); Past-president, Outdoor Writers Association of America

"Matthew Dickerson combines a boyish delight in fishing with a very adult understanding of the plight of our native fisheries from Maine to Alaska. And the perspicacity of his prose is a great source of delight to us all, fishers and non-fishers alike. Whether pursuing brook trout or Dolly Varden, Dickerson knows both the thrill of the cast and the agony of horribly compromised habitat. We are all the more gleeful and sadly wiser for his efforts."

--Paul J. Willis, author of Deer at Twilight: Poems from the North Cascades

"If Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler deserves credit for inspiring the rich literature of fly-fishing, Matthew Dickerson's The Voices of Rivers immediately merits a place at the current end of that enticing shelf. In addition to Dickerson's vivid accounts of fishing for trout (mostly) in the rivers of Colorado, Montana, Alaska, and Maine, his new book also conveys an thoughtful and informative perspective on trout ecology and conservation and the importance of public lands for the health of our earth. His highly engaging voice ties this all together with its narrative energy, excitement, and humor. Dickerson's approach to fishing is in most cases catch-and-release. But this book is definitely a keeper."

-John Elder, author of Frog Run and Reading the Mountains of Home