This past winter, during Linda’s residency at Ragdale, we had an opportunity to chat with her about her book Heart’s Migration. Irasema and I walked away from this interview feeling so inspired! Here is what Linda had to say to us during her interview…
We are back to our third Monday reading series night. Here is the full scoop on October’s Proyecto Latina.
Feature: Linda Rodriguez
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 7 P.M.
Held at Cafe Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana, Chicago, IL
Hope you can join us!
Linda Rodriguez has published two books of poetry, Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009), a finalist for the Thorpe Menn Award, and Skin Hunger, (Potpourri Publications, 1995, Scapegoat Press, 2007). She received the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation and the 2009 Midwest Voices and Visions Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities and the Joyce Foundation and has been both a Ragdale Fellow and a Macondo Fellow.
She is the vice-president of the Latino Writers Collective, founder/co-coordinator of the Kansas City Women Writers Reading Series, a founding board member of The Writers Place, and has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals, such as Ariel, Downgo Sun, El Tecolote, New Letters, Plainswoman, Present Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Pedestal Magazine, Potpourri, Queen City Review, Wheelhouse Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and Z Miscellaneous, as well as several anthologies, such as Cuentos: Stories From the Latino Heartland (Scapegoat Press, 2009), Imagination and Place: An Anthology (Imagination and Place Press, 2009), and The Red and the Black: An Anthology about Profit and Loss (Helicon Nine Editions, forthcoming).
Her poems have been broadcast on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor (NPR), Arts Round-Up KCUR-FM in Kansas City, and she has been interviewed and read her poetry on Proyecto Latina, KC Connections KCUR-FM, Talking Earth KBOO-FM in Portland, and New Letters on the Air (NPR). She has published numerous reviews and articles for general and scholarly publications, most recently “Making Time for Writing Poetry” and “Unique Issues Women Poets Must Overcome” in Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland & Co., forthcoming). She has also published a cookbook, The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book: Mexican (Adams Media, 2008). Rodriguez is the former Director of the UMKC Women’s Center and was a co-convenor of the Women & Environment Caucus at the United Nations international conference, Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five.
She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently working on a book of poetry based on teachings from her Cherokee grandmother, a novel, and a co-edited collection of essays by mixed-blood women writers.