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|Sarah Rachel Hudson-Pierce|
Sarah Hudson-Pierce (2011)
February 22, 1948|
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
|Alma mater||Harding University|
|Occupation||Book publisher, author, journalist|
|Spouse(s)||Charles Edwin Pierce (married 1967-deceased 2016)|
Sarah Rachel Hudson-Pierce (born February 22, 1948) is an author of inspirational books, a publisher, a journalist, and a former cable television host in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish and the largest city in North Louisiana.
She was born to Roy Earnest Hudson (1895–1958) and the former Marcella May Morris (1906–1986) near Sulphur Springs, a small community in Benton County in far northwestern Arkansas near the Missouri border.
Hudson-Pierce graduated in 1966 from McLain High School in Tulsa. While she was in the eleventh grade at McLain, Sarah turned to creative writing and public speaking. From 1966 to 1967, she attended the conservative Church of Christ-affiliated Harding University (then College) in Searcy in White County north of Little Rock.
Hudson-Pierce has written five books, three being free verse poetry:
Friendship Is A Journey (1987)
The Warming of Winter (1989)
To Soar Again! (1994)
Two others are inspirational pieces:
Southern Vignettes (1995)
Turning Points (1996), semi-autobiographical
One of Hudson-Pierce's articles, "The Old Steamer Trunk", was published in Guideposts magazine in January 1998.[no citations needed here] Richard "Dick" Schneider, a senior staff editor at Guideposts, said that Hudson-Pierce's selection was particularly poignant and fitting for the publication. Stories about the article were written in numerous newspapers.
From 1995-2008, Hudson-Pierce hosted her own television program in Shreveport through Time Warner. She interviewed artists, authors, political figures, or anyone else of interest.[no citations needed here] She writes an occasional column for the Shreveport Times, one of which is on the difficulties of moving. Another is her autobiographical recollection of Christmas 1957. She has also written for the Bossier Tribune newspaper in Bossier City.[no citations needed here]
In 2002, Hudson-Pierce launched, on a shoestring budget, Ritz Publications, named for her maternal great grandfather Nicholas Ritz, who came to the United States in 1851 from Bern, Switzerland. Her first selection was the rejuvenation of a rare out-of-print book titled Poems by Julia Pleasants Creswell, the great-grandmother of the late Shreveport Mayor James C. Gardner. Ritz also released two more of Julia Creswell's books: Athalie and Other Poems and Callamura. Hudson-Pierce published two volumes of Jim Gardner's memoirs entitled Jim Gardner and Shreveport. She also compiled in 2010 a tribute book to Gardner.
Sarah left college in 1967 to marry Charles Edwin Pierce (born 1941), a minister in the Church of Christ, originally from Falcon in Nevada County near Magnolia in south Arkansas. The couple has three children.
- "Dedication to writing brings success", Harding College Alumni News, Spring 1998
- Lenora Nazworth, "Women's Days Marked with Celebration and Challenge", Shreveport Times, March 8, 2002
- Dave Morris, Sr., Review of "The Old Steamer Trunk", Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 1998
- Tim Morris, Review of "The Old Steamer Trunk" in Guideposts, Morganville, New Jersey News Transcript, March 27, 1998
- Sarah Hudson-Pierce, "Moves are a physical hassle, emotional drain," Shreveport Times, May 26, 2007
- Sarah Hudson Pierce, "My greatest Christmas gift," Shreveport Times, December 23, 2010
- "Callamura". ritzpublications.com. http://www.ritzpublications.com/callamura.html. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
- James Creswell Gardner: First Citizen of Shreveport (Shreveport: Ritz Publications, 2010), 250pp., ISBN 1-886032-11-4