B.A. English, B.A. French, M.A. English Southeastern Louisiana University
Minors: Journalism, Creative Writing and Professional/Technical Writing
121 Peltier Hall
Kat is a New Orleans native but has lived in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Virginia. She spent much of her childhood growing up in France. She taught English at NMSU-A before beginning her teaching career at Nicholls State University in the fall of 2007. Her work experience includes positions in oil and gas, news reporter, feature writer, editor, publisher and book designer.
She has published, designed, and/or edited more than a dozen books to include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She published, designed, and edited the anthology In The Eye: A Collection of Writings for Thunder Rain Publishing (2007). All profits of this anthology were donated to HABITAT FOR HUMANITY in New Orleans to help in the rebuilding process from Hurricane Katrina.
Her creative nonfiction “What Mama Said: A Child’s Memoir” was published in the May 2011 issue 61 of Apalachee Review. Her poem “The Lacemaker” was published in the 2011 issue of Jubilee. Her article, “‘The Wild Iris’ by Louise Glück: Influence, Self-Creation, and Temporality,” was published in the Invention issue of the Louisiana English Journal (Vol 12, 2009). She was the featured guest poet in The Magnolia Quarterly (Winter 2008). Her poems have appeared in the anthologies: You Gotta Love ‘em, nominated for a Push Cart Prize 2009 (Old Mountain Press) Mountain High, Southern Mist, (OMP, 2008), Night Whispers, Sand, Sea, & Sail (OMP, 2007), In the Arms of Words: Poems for Tsunami Relief (Foothills Publishing 2005) renamed In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief in its second publishing (Sherman Asher Publishing 2005), The Falling Rain (2000), Carvings in Stone (1996), and Beyond Magnolias: A Collection of Poetry in True Conscience (1997). Her short story “Les Terroristes, Ils Vivent Parmi Nous” appeared in Le Tintamarre, 18.2 Bicentennial Issue (2002).
She edited and designed Education Through Her Eyes: Value, Belief and Experience in Women’s Jail Based Education [ISBN 9781933146331] (Academica Press 2008) by Dr. Alexandria Mageehon and also worked on The Gar Diaries [ISBN 9780979757297] (Community Home Press 2008) by Louis Bourgeois. She published the author Norman German’s novel A Savage Wisdom [ISBN 97809654569-6-8] (Thunder Rain Publishing 2008).
Presently, Kat teaches English 101 and 102 (freshmen English), English 368 (Technical Writing), English 255 (Novels and Short Stories), English 256 (Drama and Poetry) and English 210 (The Other Hemingway; War Novels; Scandalous Women). She also specializes in online courses. She has taught students of various cultures including Native Americans, and from the countries of China, VietNam, Spain, Mexico, Germany, India, Serbia, Ukraine, Nepal, among others. She believes that we learn from each other and stresses a collaborative, interactive class.