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  Nancy Dorman-Hickson
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Author, editor/writer, speaker...

Nancy Dorman-Hickson was a national award-winning editor with Time Inc.'s Southern Living and Progressive Farmer magazines. Her writing has received praise from Harper Lee, Pat Conroy, Naomi Judd, Fannie Flagg, Sue Monk Kidd, Anne Rice and more. She has been a newspaper editor; taught college; and worked in public relations.

Dorman-Hickson has written about the literary, education, health, workplace safety, travel, homes, gardening, food, wellness, health and spirituality.

Most recently she co-wrote Amazon bestseller Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield. The memoir is about Houston, Texas, socialite Joanne King Herring, portrayed by Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson's War.

Dorman-Hickson is collaborating on a book with communication professor Mark Hickson, her husband. The couple have twins and live outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

For more information, see www.NancyDormanHickson.com
Work Info
 
Expertise
Book Author 4 Years
Editor 22 Years
Writer 24 Years
Specialty
Books & Literature 13 Years
Lifestyle 12 Years
Travel 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
24 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Hachette Book Group (1-2), Progressive Farmer magazine (1-2), Southern Living (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Cabot Creamery (6-10), Children's Health System (3-5), WeSave (1-2)
Other Work History
I've also taught at the college level, served as desk editor for a small town newspaper, and worked in public relations and marketing.
Computer Skills
Word, Windows Vista
Equipment
MacBook Pro, Canon G9 digital camera, audio tape recorder, Sony video recorder
Work Permits & Visas
Valid passport
References
Provided upon request
Awards
National Magazine Award nomination (Public Interest category);

National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest 1st place (section edited by entrant);

Alabama Media Professionals (first for features, personality profile); The Videographer Award (award of distinction);

Writer of the Year (multiple times, American Agriculture Editors Association);

Oscar in Agriculture (multiple times);

Excellence in Health Reporting (multiple times, Baptist Montclair Medical Center);

Merit Award (twice, The American Values Community Action Network)
Associations
National Federation of Press Women;

Alabama Media Professionals;

National Book Critics Circle
Other
I hold a masters in communication. At Southern Living, I edited state magazines, Tennessee Living and North Carolina Living, and contributed to similar inserts for readers in AL, GA, FL, TX, SC, and the Mid-Atlantic region. I covered mainstream locations such as Nashville, TN, Charlotte, NC, and Key West, FL, and obscure places such as Rising Fawn, GA, Munday, TX, and Americana, Brazil. I've interviewed the famous--Anne Rice, Naomi Judd, and Sue Monk Kidd--and the little-known--triple amputee Vietnam vet who farms, a washerwoman whose gift inspired others to give millions, and fans of Elvis Presley. I also edited Southern Living's monthly book review column and the back page essay column. At Progressive Farmer, I wrote for the lifestyles, the business/finance, and production sections. I contributed to three series on rural health, education, and farm safety, which won multiple awards. I was twice named Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors' Association.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Birmingham, AL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Essays  
(Southern Living)
I write about taking my young twins to the Alabama Theatre see To Kill a Mockingbird. The essay segues into a brief appearance by Harper Lee at an awards ceremony. The best part? Ms. Lee wrote me a thank you letter after the essay was published!!!
Environmental Issues  
(Southern Living)
The conservationists behind the Tennessee River Gorge cleanup ensure the land's survival for the next generation.
(Southern Living)
Even people whose blood doesn't run to resin respond to Ecology of a Cracker Childhood author Janisse Ray's call to preserve nature.
Travel/Events  
(Southern Living)
Music City hits just the right note with my family.
(Southern Living)
Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is inundated in spring, summer, and fall. But it's also glorious in winter when far less traffic clogs the view.
(Southern Living)
I write about a week-long conference at the University of Mississippi focused on all things Elvis, including impersonators and motorcade-escorted bus trips to Graceland and Tupelo.
Celebrity Profile  
(Southern Living)
Singer Patti Loveless and non-celebrities praise Vanderbilt Voice Center for saving their vocal cords.
(Southern Living)
Author Anne Rice shares insights on New Orleans, her writing, and her inspiration.
Humor  
(Southern Living)
My hair is so wild that if it could drive, it would run away from home.
Health/Wellness  
(Southern Living)
From a health food store to a holistic health center, entrepreneur Ann Yates brings wellness alternatives to the Knoxville community.
(Cooking Light)
Cooking Light readers learn physical activity just for the sheer pleasure of it pays off in skills and confidence in this Kids' Fitness piece.
(Southern Living)
Take brief moments out of your day for downtime, and reap big benefits.
Crafts/Handwork  
(Victoria)
Victoria magazine readers learn that even without the goodies, these one-of-a-kind hand-stitched stockings are sweetly special.
Homes/Garden/Food  
(Countryplace)
Pecan trees line both sides of the drive leading to the old-fashioned house. A gazebo and a lake are situated just outside the back door. Ferrell and Pam Scruggs call this country place home.
(WeSave)
Favorite recipes and their cultural and historical lore from the states of AL, N.C., S.C., W.Va., and La.
(Southern Living)
Horticulturist Hollis Malone nurtures thousands of plants, and even hotel guests, at the classic Nashville resort.
Business  
(Progressive Farmer)
If you're thinking of starting a home-based business for a little extra cash, you might be surprised. For some farm families, the "pocket money" has become a big source of income.
Rural Issues  
(Progressive Farmer)
Nominated for a National Magazine Award and winner of several others, this series documented farm dangers, profiling those who had died in a year's time and steps to prevent future accidents.
Personality Profile  
(Progressive Farmer)
What this farmer can do with his limited body is amazing. Even more inspiring is his positive outlook on life. Award-winning profile of North Carolina farmer Butch Robbins, a triple-amputee.
(Southern Living)
A profile of Oseola McCarty, the tiny Mississippi washerwoman with an 8th-grade education who gained the world's attention by giving her savings to a university. I produced a film documentary on her that received The Videographer's Award of Distinction.
(Southern Living)
One of Nashville's favorite sons, former NBA player Charles Davis fulfills a vow to help inner-city children from his old neighborhood.
Contact Info
  Nancy Dorman-Hickson
Birmingham, AL 
USA

E-Mail: NancyDormanHickson@gmail.com
Website: http://www.NancyDormanHickson.com