Nature, Labor, Feminisms
Sierra Dickey is a writer, educator, and organizer
Sierra is a contributing author to Coming of Age at the End of Nature, an anthology from Trinity University Press. Her essay “The Lives of the Plovers” received honorable mention from Sage Magazine’s Emerging Environmental Writers Contest before being collected. She has written arts and cultural reporting for Take Magazine, and essays and book reviews for Barrelhouse, Brevity, and more.
Alongside her writing work Sierra is a TESOL-certified English teacher and has spent the last 2 years working with Latinx migrant workers in Vermont and Western Massachusetts. She is fluent in Spanish and has spent important time studying and traveling in Uruguay, Cuba, Spain, and Mexico.
Before teaching she worked as an organic farmhand, marketing copywriter, and did tech PR. In the summer of 2018, Sierra served as the campaign manager for Emilie Kornheiser’s bid for Vermont State Representative. Kornheiser’s campaign won, and turned out more primary voters in Windham D-1 than the district had seen in many years. While campaigning, Sierra fell in love with the slow, sweaty, work of grassroots democracy and all the human intricacies that it revealed to her about her small town.
From 2017 - 2019 Sierra contributed as a steering team member of the Women’s Action Team, a grassroots feminist network in Brattleboro, VT. The WAT responded to the 2016 election of Donald Trump with recurrent public actions and performance interventions, and continues to build feminist networking power in the Southern Vermont region. In March 2018 Sierra co-produced GRRRLS TO THE FRONT at the Stone Church, a fundraising concert featuring 10 female-fronted bands with space reserved at the front of the stage for the female-identifying audience.
While an undergrad at Whitman College in 2013, Sierra co-founded her school’s fossil fuel divestment campaign Divest Whitman, which in 2018 achieved a vote to divest from the trustee’s advisory board. At Whitman Sierra studied Environmental Humanities with Film & Media. She received high honors and the Jan Meyer award for Best Environmental Essay for her senior thesis on Ecofeminist Ecopoetics that performed an ecocritical reading of Jeanette Winterson, Sylvia Plath, & Helene Cixous.
Raised on the outer beaches of Truro, MA Sierra currently resides in Brattleboro, VT and is plotting a move to Los Angeles. She attributes at least a quarter of the energy she brings to organizing to her Gemini sun - Pisces rising.
Photos c/o Asya Dubrovina.
Headshot c/o Ansel Dickey.