In Loving Memory of
~ Eric Jerome Dickey ~
1961 ~ 2021
Intellectual Ink Magazine wants to extend its heartfelt condolences to those that knew and loved author Eric Jerome Dickey. A talented and prolific author, he was an inspiration and light to readers and writers around the world. May he rest in eternal peace.
Eric Jerome Dickey (1961-2021) was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.
After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. Yet Eric quickly found out that writing was something he could do and do well. From creative writing classes to avidly consuming the works of his favorite authors, Eric Jerome Dickey began to shape a writing career of his own. Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, he started writing poetry and short stories. "The film work gave me insight into character development, the acting classes helped me understand motivation...All of it goes hand in hand," Eric explains. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's Creative Writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing: Voices of the Diaspora-An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.
Diane P. Rembert of Diamond's Literary World is hosting a book discussion, honoring Essence and New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey’s book “Milk in My Coffee.” on Clubhouse. Copy the link below to join the discussion on January 31'st at 6pm EST.