Xena Coffman and other students discuss poems by Matthew and Michael Dickman in a creative writing class at Ashland High School. The nationally renowned poets will be at the Chautauqua Poets and Writers event on Thursday. - Julia Moore

Twin poets speak Thursday

The Portland-born pair will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are $15, $12 for students, and are available online at

The Dickman brothers began writing poetry in high school but only recently published their first books. Matthew Dickman's "All American Poem" and Michael Dickman's "The End of the West" both have won awards and praise from critics. The New Yorker magazine profiled the brothers in April 2009.

The brothers frequently give readings together, although their poetry styles are different. Matthew Dickman's poetry is fluid and full of metaphors, while Michael Dickman's is sparse and pointed.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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