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LSUS Professor Awarded $15K State Grant to Publish Short Stories

April 27, 2021

Shreveport, LA-LSU Shreveport's Dr. Dorie LaRue, Professor of English and Foreign Languages, was awarded a $14,781 grant by the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund (BORSF) to publish a complete collection of short stories. The stories will showcase the difficulty of social change and displace the cultural isolation of the contemporary South. Dr. LaRue was ranked 11th in a listing of 15 top priority proposals for the Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) program, a subprogram of the BORSF Research and Development Program.

Dr. LaRue's collection of short fiction will portray the New South, decades removed from revered writers such as Faulkner, O'Connor, and McCullers. The approach is a purposeful interplay of stories told from both female and male points of view and will address the evolvement of gender and race differences as the South has changed, especially in light of abiding cultural conditioning. Audiences will include readers of literary and feminist fiction, as well as general readers.

"The subtitle "Stories from the New South" says it all," Dr. LaRue said. "I want my stories to update the way Southerners are seen in fiction. It's time for contemporary characters to be onstage, those who have come to terms with the challenges of change and embraced new roles. My goal is to show strong female characters and the men who courageously connect with them."

Forty-nine proposals requesting a total of $2,102,505 were submitted to the BORSF for funding consideration in the 2020-21 fiscal year. Proposals were solicited for creative and scholarly activities undertaken by faculty in arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.

"I am honored to receive the ATLAS grant. It is inspiring that the judges deemed my work so far worthy, and that they support my future endeavors," Dr. LaRue said.

Panels of out-of-state experts evaluated all proposals and provided funding recommendations to the Board of Regents in a two-phase process. Recommendations were based on the significance of the project to its field of study and interest for broader academic and/or lay audiences, the strength of the proposal's argument, the quality of the applicant's previous work, and the feasibility of the proposed plan of work. The panel also considered the appropriateness of the budget request in making final funding recommendations.

To schedule an interview or Zoom call with Dr. Dorie LaRue, contact Wendell Riley at wendell.riley@lsus.edu or 318-797-5108.

About ATLAS
The Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS) subprogram of the Board of Regents Support Fund's Research and Development Program is designed to provide support for major scholarly and artistic productions with potential to have broad impacts on regional and/or national levels. Stakeholders of this program should bear in mind that the impact of Louisiana's support of the arts, humanities, and social sciences extends well beyond the faculty members who receive these awards. Departments and campuses across Louisiana are strengthened by the presence of successful faculty who model scholarly and creative excellence both to other faculty and to students. Proposals and the carefully designed and managed peer review process are evidence of the submitting institutions' and the State's commitment to research and artistic production at the very highest levels. The State should make every effort to publish the accomplishments of ATLAS recipients and the program as a whole within and outside of Louisiana and to propose the program as a model for other states seeking to link local culture, creativity and research to the global circulation of ideas.

About LSUS
Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport 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.

 
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