Shreveport, LA—Dr. Dorie LaRue, LSUS Professor of English, has been invited to read poetry at the 2021 Louisiana Book Festival held virtually from October 30 to November 14, 2021. Presented by The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, this year will be its 17th edition of providing a free, world-class literary celebration featuring exceptional writers and thought-provoking presentations. 

The full festival includes more than 30 programs and over 80 authors and presenters. Dr. LaRue’s reading will be part of a presentation with eight other poets called The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets on November 7. Viewers can visit specific author pages and view their presentation days here or follow the event on its Facebook page here. 

“I am thrilled to be included in this year’s Louisiana Book Festival,” Dr. LaRue said. “It marks my third time and the 17th anniversary for this event. After almost two decades, the Louisiana Book Festival continues to engage a loyal and growing community of book lovers. I am proud to be a part of it.” 

Dr. LaRue is the author of two novels, Resurrecting Virgil and The Trouble With Student Affairs; three chapbooks, Seeking the MonstersThe Private Frenzy, and In God’s Due Time; a full-length collection of poetry, Mad Rains; and a full-length collection of poems, An Enemy in Their Mouths. In 2019, she received second place for Only Visiting This Planet, a short story collection, in the West Virginia Writing Awards. 

Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including The Southern ReviewThe Maryland Poetry Review, and The American Poetry Review. She will add another appearance in November 2021 with her short story “The Jebus in the Lotus: A Completely Unauthorized Sequel to The Jew in the Lotus” to be published in Unlikely Stories Mark V. 

LSU Shreveport was founded in 1967 and offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.