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Adult Poetry Workshop with Dr. Katie Pierce, Mississippi's Poet Laureate

  • 14 Jul 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
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ADULT POETRY WORKSHOP with Dr. Katie Pierce, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi

In collaboration with the Hancock County Library System, we are honored to offer you a morning with Mississippi's Poet Laureate Dr. Katie Pierce at Hancock Arts Center. 

Bring a notebook and pen and your open mind. Dr. Pierce will lead you through a few exercises that will spark your creative words to light on the page.

On April 15, 2021, Governor Tate Reeves selected Catherine Pierce to serve a four-year term as Mississippi’s Poet Laureate.

An English professor at Mississippi State University, Catherine Pierce co-directs MSU’s creative writing program and has published four books of poems and a chapbook.

Originally from Delaware, Catherine Pierce made her home in Mississippi in 2007 when she joined the faculty at Mississippi State University. Her conviction that “poetry is for everyone” drives her to amplify poetic voices and develop opportunities for others to experience poetry.

She is the author of four full-length poetry collections including Danger Days (2020), The Tornado Is the World (2016), The Girls of Peculiar (2012) and Famous Last Words (2008), all from Saturnalia Books. A chapbook, Animals of Habit (Kent State University Press), was published in 2004. Pierce’s work has appeared in well-known publications such as The Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New England Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and The New York Times.

Pierce received a 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Pushcart Prizes in 2019 and 2021. Each of her most recent three books won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize; Famous Last Words won the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her work has also been recognized with two Literary Artist Fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Pierce earned her B.A. from Susquehanna University, her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.


405 Blaize Avenue
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

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