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LSUS Alumna Katie Bickham to be featured at Women's Month Poetry Reading and Book-Launch

March 11, 2019


Shreveport, LA- Acclaimed local poet Katie Bickham will help LSUS celebrate Women’s History Month at a poetry reading and book launch in the UC Ballroom at 11 am on Wednesday, March 13th. Bickham, a double alumna of LSUS who graduated with a BA in English (2008) and an MLA (2010), will read selections from her latest book, Mouths Open to Name Her.

Even as an undergraduate, Bickham showed promise as a writer. Her first collection, The Belle Mar, was published in 2015 and earned positive reviews within the literary community. The release of this second collection, which focuses on the complex experiences of womanhood, comes just in time to serve as a centerpiece of LSUS’s celebrations of Women’s History Month.

Dr. Helen Taylor, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at LSUS, sees the cultural relevance of not only the reading, but of the month as a whole: “Women’s History Month inspires us to celebrate and remember the women who have come before us, the unknown as well as the famous,” said Taylor. “Katie Bickham’s compelling work looks back through the decades to speak about empowerment and agency at time when we are still debating ideas about gender.”

Many of the poems are historically researched: the collection moves chronologically from the mid-1800s to 2017, while covering a range of geographical locations as diverse as Buenos Aires, Hiroshima, Tanzania, and Shreveport. The poems themselves are astonishingly crafted, “wrenching and beautiful” in the words of one critic. Each one is exquisite, and the collection as a whole is overwhelmingly powerful.

In addition to the reading, there will be exhibits celebrating women in literature displayed in the University Center.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Elisabeth Liebert at



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