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Journalist, Wordsmith, Survivor.

Contact: pennydickersonwrites@gmail.com

penny_dickerson_caro_article-small_26761Penny Dickerson is an independent journalist with a passion for cool people, extraordinary places, and good sushi.

She earned a BA degree in Journalism from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA).

Passionate about words and writing,  in 2012  Penny joined her alma mater, Florida State College Jacksonville, as a Liberal Arts Professor  teaching courses in English composition, Literature Film.

Media contributions include: Florida Times-Union, Florida Courier, ARBUS, EBONY.com, New America Media, Mosaic Literary Journal, Philadelphia Stories, and more.  Prior employment includes English professorships at various northeast and southern colleges.  As a fundraiser, Penny served as Assistant Area Director of Development for the United Negro College Fund’s $1 million Orlando team and is  former Marketing Director for urban shopping center Gateway Towne Center - the gig she insists taught her everything she knows about resilience.

Born Merdis Lavonda Robinson in El Paso, Texas, she was given the nickname Penny by her mother, but friends close to the helm refer to her simply as “P.”  Raised a “military brat,” Penny traveled extensively and attended various primary/middle schools, but ultimately graduated from the controversial named “Nathan Bedford Forrest High School “in Jacksonville, Florida which has been renamed, “Westside High School.”

Pageantry afforded her the opportunity to pursue higher education, as she won several teen pageants and was further crowned the first black Miss Florida Junior College (Miss America Preliminary) and held the title Miss Black Florida but wants to make it abundantly clear that she is not a pageant-girl snob.

Prior to winning the National Shrine Pageant, she  traveled Puerto Rico, Barbados, Grenada, Honduras, Panama, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the 1st Miss Florida USO Troupe and has traveled to virtually every U.S. city and points of the globe as a former TWA Flight Attendant who was known to fly the Vegas red-eye on her days off just to get free shrimp cocktails.

Penny is listed as an Outstanding Woman in American, Who’s Who In American Junior Colleges, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is a Leadership Jacksonville Alumni. She is an American Symphony Orchestra League Management Fellowship finalist, Creative Capital Professional  Development  Workshop participant, and recently participated in the  2011 Minority Writer’s Seminar sponsored by the National Board of Editorial Writers.

She specializes in underrepresented populations, racial and gender disparity and human interest stories. Some high profile subjects include music icon Frankie Beverly, Poetry legends: Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Ntozaki Shange. Entertainers Angela Robinson (Tyler Perry Studios), Chef Amadeus (Food Network), and politicians: Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Senator Anthony Hill, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and more.

Multi-day events are a favored editorial specialty and incude the Zora Neale Hurston Festival (2011-2014) and the Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine Disney Dreamers Academy.Steve Harveycropped-zora-festival-promotional-bus1.jpg

Penny is a strong woman of faith who is spiritually balanced, yet unapologetic regarding her inherent belief that God could eradicate bad hair days and traffic [if he really wanted to].

She is a cancer survivor of stage II renal cell carcinoma, dynamically divorced, and mother extraordinaire to Kelsey Nicole Dickerson (24) who gave birth to “Journey Nicole” on February 18, 2012. cancer survivor  Like a champion, Kelsey earned her BFA degree in Dance from Jacksonville University four months later (May 2012).  She is an amazing dancer who recently deferred her MFA in Dance acceptance at Hollins University for one year and is working as an assistant manager at DTLR Apparel in Jacksonville, Florida.

   

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9 comments on “Journalist, Wordsmith, Survivor.

  1. I really love that you are so into what you do. Your works and writing are amazing and your talent really shines through. Dedication and devotion to your work is honestly very inspiring to me and makes want, and dream! Keep doing what you do, your amazing in my eyes! Come back soon ;)

    • Thank you Ja-lello! I do indeed enjoy what I do. As your fellow artist, your body is an instrument
      of lyricism to you, as words are the same to me. Yes son, DREAM. Peace, light, and love ~ P

  2. Penny,

    You were an inspiration to many, during our years together in high school. 30+ years later, you continue to achieve and inspire. I am so thankful there are role models in this world for today’s youth and you certainly fit the bill.

    Elizabeth Schenk

  3. Well, you said that you had been very busy! This is an excellent forum for you and I am excited to see your work! You are missed, loved and all that jazz baby!

  4. Looking forward to ‘Malignant Wind’. Glad to hear about survivors penning it down. It means that they are seeing endless hope rather than hopeless end! Way to go, Penny!

  5. You sound fascinating Miss Penny. Impressive that a black woman has organized her accomplishments itno such a nice package. I’m gonna keep up with you. You tight. Pretty too :)

  6. The more I know about you the more you inspire me. I just thought you should know you are amazing!

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