Linda Lancione grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and was educated at the University of California, Berkeley. She began writing poetry in the early seventies, under the sway of feminist poets such as Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, Susan Griffin and Alta. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals and anthologies such as Atlanta Review, Baltimore Review, Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Cries of the Spirit (anthology) Harpur Palate, Hawaii Pacific Review, Italian Americana, The Jabberwock Review, The MacGuffin, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Spillway, and The Sun. She has published three poetry chapbooks, Wanting the Moon, This Short Season, and 2% Organic, Poems from a West Marin Dairy Barn.
Although Linda’s primary focus has been poetry, in the 1990s she co-wrote two travel guides with Burl Willes, Undiscovered Islands of the Mediterranean and Undiscovered Islands of the U.S. and Canadian West Coast.
Linda also writes personal essays and fiction. Her essay, “The Currency of Love,” was awarded New Letters’ Dorothy Cappon Churchill Prize for Best Essay in 2010. The judge, David Shields, described it as “heartfelt, ruthless, and bristling with intelligence.” Subsequently, that essay was given special mention in both the Pushcart Prize and The Best American Essays. Other honors include: Finalist, Bordighera Prize in Poetry, 2011; Finalist, New Letters Poetry Contest, 2011; Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Fellowship, 2008 and Montalvo Center for the Arts Lucas Arts Program Residency 2013/2014.
Her most recent chapbook, The Taste of Blood, will be published by Finishing Line Press in March, 2016. She is working on a novel, Hawk’s Reach.