Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Alumna Katie Bickham Wins The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize

Alumna Katie Bickham‘s first book of poems was selected by Alicia Ostriker as the winner of The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in April 2015 through LSU Univeristy Press.

According to the Pleaides website, "...Louisiana State University Press and Winthrop University, Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry a year, as determined through the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Judges are poets of national prominence; screeners are also well-published poets. The contest is co-directed by Susan Ludvigson (at Winthrop) and Wayne Miller (at the University of Central Missouri). Winning books are printed in a run of 1,000 copies and distributed through Louisiana State University Press."

About the Author

Katie Bickham grew up believing she wanted to write novels, but somewhere along the way, brevity took hold, and she decided it was poetry or bust.  Katie earned her BA in English Literature and MA in Liberal Arts from LSU Shreveport.  Then, knowing that one cannot write about a place until one leaves it, she enrolled in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, where she met the people who would pull the truly good work out of her.

Katie's poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Deep South Magazine, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry and elsewhere.  Her work has won the The Missouri Review Editor's Prize. Katie teaches English and poetry at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana.  She lives in Shreveport with her husband Keith and their oddly-shaped shelter dogs in a very old house.