Motherland: Stories and Poems from Louisiana

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by Lynn Hoggard

Hoggard says, "The journey from childhood to adulthood, for many of us, is perilous. If we survive, we may bear scars and even open wounds that ache or cripple us for the rest of our lives. If the journey was joyful, we cherish and celebrate the events and people who helped us know life in its fullness. In either case, these experiences often define who we are as human beings."

This unique and beautiful memoir in poetry and creative nonfiction is one you will not want to miss.

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About the Author

Lynn Hoggard

Lynn Hoggard taught English and French at Midwestern State University and coordinated the Humanities Program there. In 1997 she was named the MSU Hardin Professor for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service. She also served as president of the American Literary Translators Association (1997-1999), and has taught in England, France, and Mexico.

Among her eight books are three translations (one of which, Nelida, won the 2003 translation award given by the Texas Institute of Letters), a memoir (Motherland, Lamar University Press, 2014) about growing up in Louisiana, and a poetry collection, Bushwhacking Home (TCU Press, 2017), which won the 2018 Press Women of Texas award for best book of poetry. Her 2017 poem, “Love in the Desert,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Word Fountain, and her poem “In the Garden” was nominated for a “Best of the Net” award by Bluestem. She has published more than one hundred poems in peer-reviewed journals in the U.S.

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