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Nosh N’ Chat with Katie Bickham on Tuesday, 11/14

On Tuesday, 11/14, Katie Bickham will read at the University of Tennessee. Katie Bickham is the author of The Belle Mar, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize from Pleiades Press. Her debut collection focuses on a single room of a plantation in southern Louisiana, telling the stories of that space as witnessed by characters from 1811 through 2005.

Upon selecting The Belle Mar for publication, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets Alicia Ostriker wrote, “Some of these poems may rip your heart out, others may cause it to expand. This is an extraordinary book.” John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence Joy Harjo marveled at how Bickham’s poems “make a beautiful path through a few generations of history.” She described The Belle Mar as “essentially a book of remembering what should never be forgotten.”

Katie Bickham’s work has also appeared in The Missouri Review where it was the winner of the Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.

The reading begins at 3:30 in 1210 McClung Tower with a Q&A to follow. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Jeremy Reed at

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