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Dr. Dorie LaRue prepares for poetry reading at LSUS

September 20, 2013

 

This story was written by Jessica Ingram at the Almagest at LSUS news.

A poetry reading of original works written by Dr. Dorie LaRue will be held at LSU Shreveport in Bronson Hall room 263 at 11:00 on Sept. 25. Following the poetry reading, there will be a question and answer session with Larue and door prizes will be given away.  Larue will be reading some of her earlier works, a few poems that were published in CHEST, a national medical journal, along with a few excerpts from Section 2 in her book, Seeing in the Dark

Seeing in the Dark is divided into three sections.  The first section is composed of her flavorful Louisiana-inspired pieces and is followed by pieces from graduate school.  "I had to do something with all the literature I read, such as Sylva Plath, or characters such as Robinson Crusoe," Larue said of the graduate school pieces.

Larue also published three collections of poetry written in an organic free-style. Dr. Elisabeth Liebert, an assistant professor in the English department who is helping to organize the poetry reading, said she is looking forward to the reading.  "People should expect to hear complex, and intelligent poetry," Liebert said.

One of Larue's three collections of poetry, the "Scottish Poems," was written about her and her son's adventures hitchhiking through Scotland and England.  Foreign landmarks such as Skye Island and monuments around the city of Hebrides also inspired Larue.  "We were trying to recapitulate Boswell's and Johnson's Journey in one summer," LaRue said.

LaRue said her passion for poetry developed in the tenth grade after reading T.S. Eliot.  Upon beginning her creative writing career, Larue contacted Dr. Francis Irby Gwaltney, also a creative writer, whom she studied under at LTU. Gwaltney and his wife, also a poet, offered support for LaRue's creative writing endeavors.

LaRue began working as a professor of English at LSUS in 1991. In the past, she also taught at Grambling State University and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  She received a double PhD from the University of Louisiana in creative writing and American literature. She currently is teaching advanced composition and American literature.

This is the first time LaRue will read her work at LSUS. "We need to showcase the abilities of our professors," Liebert said. "I'd certainly like to hear more of Dr. LaRue's work and hope that the English Club will invite her to read on a regular basis."

Larue's work Seeing in the Dark is available for purchase on Amazon.com.