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“Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.”

–Edward Abbey

Sonia Dickey

SoniaDickey150Sonia Dickey is a writer, editor, historian, and aural historian born on the banks of the Savannah River in Savannah, Georgia, in 1975. An eighth-generation South Carolinian, Sonia has long been drawn to remote, wild places. She grew up exploring the islands and waterways of South Carolina’s lush Lowcountry and spent much of her childhood outdoors camping, fishing, and hiking with her grandparents. In 1998, Sonia received her bachelor degree in history and anthropology from Georgia Southern University. Three years later, she obtained a master’s degree in history from the same institution.
Continuing her graduate studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Sonia moved to the Southwest in 2001. Here, she focuses on environmental and Native history. Her dissertation, “Sacrilege in Dinétah: Native and Naturalist Encounters with Glen Canyon Dam, 1950–2000,” centers on the Colorado River watershed and calls for the inclusion of Native voices in the history of the Glen Canyon Dam debacle and current debates that surround decommissioning the dam and draining Lake Powell.
Although emerging from watersheds in the verdant East, Sonia now calls the arid West home. In her free time, she wanders the canyonlands, mountain ranges, and waterways of the Southwest with her two best compañeros, Alan and Max. She also enjoys reading, listening to music, gardening, biking, kayaking, birding, and communing with the natural world.