Pioneering alum publishes first novel
Sickels 73 has gone west! In her first novel, Walking
West, Sickels traces the lives of a pioneer family during the Great
Migration to Oregon and California 150 years ago.
Unlike other novels that chronicle this historical period, Sickels
provides a unique viewpointthe female perspective.
Sickels novel explores the roles women played during the
westward search for a better life, and is a tribute to pioneer women.
Sickels researched extensively for her novel, and provides a vividly
accurate description of the period.
Sickels has published short stories, poetry and essays in many
literary journals, magazines and anthologies.