Katie Bickham is an award-winning poet and teacher from Shreveport, Louisiana.  She is proud to announce her first book of poetry, The Belle Mar, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. 

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 honors include The New Millenium Poetry Prize, The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleaides Press, The Missouri Review Editor's Prize, and an SLS Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in New Millenium, Rattle, The New Guard, Southern Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, VerseDaily, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere.  

Katie teaches creative writing at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana.  She lives in Shreveport with her husband, son, and their oddly-shaped shelter dogs in a very old house.  

She’s a double threat virtuoso of form and voice. And, indeed, to call her poems masterful, as I’m inclined to do, invites a dark irony, since mastery—and all the dark passages of its historical charade—and the labor on which it always depends—is precisely Katie’s subject. Katie’s approach is hard-won, head-on, unsparing, and makes us examine our American inheritance.
— Austin Segrest