Dicko King


817 W. Edgemont Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Author's Bio

Dicko King was born at the old Carney Hospital in South Boston, and raised in Saint Margaret's parish in Dorchester during the last of the grand and mythical epochs presided over by tribes of feral children - when adventures could be had beyond the watchful eyes of a mother or father, and despite strictures and wounds inflicted by priest or nun.

Dicko is the son of Mary Alice McCarthy whose people are from Cork and Tipperary. His father is Richard King out of County Mayo and Galway - and descended from the legendary physician, Foranan O'Fergus, who slew the Fiend of the Lake. Before returning to Southie at the age of twelve, Dicko relinquished sovereignty over a small band of wild boys whose townland was Edison Green with its imposing and venerated druidic god of an elm tree - the 'Greenie Tree'. Near the barren elm he presided, for the last time, over the winter ritual of the yule tree bonfire - a pyramid of flame and pungent smoke rising above the sacred ground of the Green into the Twelfth Night's sky.

He is the last surviving member and keeps the book for the Watch & Ward Society, Firehouse Chapter.

His poetry comes out of nowhere.

Publications & Prizes

Bird Years (Mayapple Press, 2017)
Doggerland Ancestral Poems (Off the Grid Press, 2015)
Prizes won: 

Off the Grid Press Poetry Prize.     

Finalist for the Louise Bogan Book Award.     

Semi-Finalist for the Blue Lynx Book Prize.     

Semi-Finalist for the Word Works Washington Book Prize.  

Semi-Finalist for The Journal / Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. 

Long-listed for the Fish Poetry Prize.

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Irish American
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Boston, MA
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Last update: Aug 22, 2017