113. Part 1 of our interview with Katie Bickham. Katie Bickham is an award-winning poet and teacher from Shreveport, Louisiana. She is proud to announce her forthcoming first book of poetry, The Belle Mar, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Katie 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.
- This week in Louisiana history. July 17, 1795. First bishop of New Orleans, Don Luis Cardenas, arrives in Louisiana.
- This week in New Orleans history. NBC News television
journalist William Blanc "Bill" Monroe Jr. was born in New
Orleans on July 17, 1920. He graduated from Tulane in
1942 and during World War II, served in the Air Forces in
Europe. Early in his career, Monroe served as the first news
director for WDSU-TV, an NBC affiliate. In 1959, Monroe’s team
at WDSU-TV won a George Foster Peabody Award. His news
reporting on NBC's Today show, won a Peabody in 1973.
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