Verbatim - LSUA and CENLA Celebrate National Poetry Month

LSUA and the College of Liberal Arts are celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting a website called “Verbatim” that promotes writers from Central Louisiana.

Every two days, the site will feature a local writer’s poetry, bio, and photo (if available).

All printed material and photographs on the website are subject to copyright and may not be used without the permission of the writer.

Anyone interested in submitting poems should email or

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Hope is a healing practitioner that encourages healing through release in different forms. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana but spent the last few years journeying in both the physical & spiritual realms. Poetry allows her to share the lessons she’s learned along her journey.

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Rebecca B. Tisdale Welday

Rebecca Tisdale Welday, best known locally as “Miz Tiz,” is a former educator who spent all but 7 years of her life in Cenla, where she worked with teenagers for over four decades. Now retired and living in Hot Springs, Arkansas, her late husband, Garry Tisdale, was a well-respected member of the LSUA faculty for 30 years. She is proud to share some of her poems with you.

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Kate Hodnett

Kate Hodnett was voted one of Louisiana's Best Emerging Poets for two consecutive years in 2018 & 2019 and has been published in numerous competitive anthologies. She is also a featured writer in four different publications of the National Best-Selling Book Series- Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a proud-LSUA-Alumni who is constantly working on her craft, and enjoys combining quick-wit with quiet-wisdom. 

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Brandy R. Williams

Brandy R. Williams, a 13-year military veteran who worked as a jet engine mechanic and a paramedic, uses writing to navigate her own trauma. She now works full time for the Department of Children and Family Services in Alexandria, LA and teaches Composition 1 and 2 as an adjunct at Odessa College in Odessa, TX. She holds an English BA from LSUA and an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, with a concentration in English. A former tutor for the Writing Center LSUA and Editor of the Jongleur, Brandy presented papers at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference two years in a row. 

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Shelley Jinks Johnson

Shelley Jinks Johnson is a creator, entrepreneur, and animal lover from Central Louisiana. She lives in Alexandria, LA with her two dogs Dixie and Jackson. 

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Mary Striegel 240

Mary F. Striegel

Mary F. Striegel is a retired art conservation scientist from the National Park Service. Since the age of seven, Mary has written and performed poetry. She was part of the Los Angeles Poetry Ensemble from 1989 to 1995 with Ann Braeff, Ellyn Maybe, Gwynne Garfinkle, and Christa Polkinhorn.

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Beverly Easterling

Beverly Easterling is a lyricist and poet living in Alexandria, Louisiana. She has worked with noted composers Mark Hayes, Robert J. Powell, Carl Heywood and Mark Schweizer. 

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David Atwood

LSU '99 Alum David Atwood is a native New Orleanian, voice actor, radio DJ and poet living in Alexandria, LA with his wife, writer Christee Gabour Atwood.

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James Harmon Clinton

James Harmon Clinton is the author of What Is Fair, a collection of poetry published by LSU Press and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A poem published in 2021 by the Decadent Review is a current Pushcart Prize nominee. He is the President and CEO of Louisiana Central.