Biography

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LET NOTHING BE LOST

“A starting point might be mixing cornbread in a blue bowl—but the journey is to piece the world together."
---  Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Fe Community College. Her most recent work is Seven Places In America: A Poetic Sojourn.


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“Linda Whittenberg’s poetry springs from a rich fund of experience and is at once objective and imaginative. Let Nothing Be Lost is a collection well worth finding and keeping.”
---  N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday is an artist and Pulitzer Prize winning author. His most recent collection of poems is Again the Far Morning, UNM Press, 2011.


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“…a salty Bardic wholeness we taste and touch, in this alert and crafted collection. Enough, Plenty, Welcome, she says, a fitting invocation for the wise and generous gift of her poems.”
---  Judyth Hill

Judyth Hill: Poet, teacher, food expert, workshop leader, performer, lives in Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her most recent collection of poems is Dazzling Wobble, Future Cycle Press, 2013.


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SOMEWHERE IN IRELAND: A Journey of Discovery

In a strong, honest, confident voice, at once American and Irish, Linda Whittenberg leads us …on a fascinating journey across the years and miles, from the dark days of The Famine in County Clare, over oceans and deserts and back again to the 21st Century… The poems here are full of love, not to mention forgiveness and a deep understanding of where her people came from and the times and circumstances that drove them. Somewhere in Ireland should appeal to readers on both sides of the Atlantic.
---  John McGrath

John McGrath, writer, teacher, editor, manages Moybella Press which publishes the work of Irish writers, including his own book, Blue Sky Day.


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Linda Whittenberg would have us know, indeed would have us see, feel and hear, with the poems and prose poems in Somewhere in Ireland…She deftly writes of Ireland and of the Irish in America both past and present. She will find readers everywhere who will make this book part of themselves.
---  Joan McBreen

Joan McBreen’s poetry is published widely in Ireland and abroad and has been broadcast, anthologized and translated into many languages.


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This book-length narrative in poetry makes the search for Linda Whittenberg’s Irish roots a pleasure to read chiefly because we have real poems here, poems written out of necessity. I’m thinking it must be the Irish in her blood that makes so many of these poems sing. Like she herself says, “Sounds of a joyful hymn/sung in spite of sorrow.”
---  Tom Crawford

Tom Crawford is author of six books of poetry, and recipient of the Pushcart Prize, ForeWord Book of the Year, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

 



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TENDER HARVEST

In Tender Harvest poet Linda Whittenberg gathers moments rich in music and meaning to create a soulful feast for the senses. These are lines culled from life lived at full tilt. Her poems dare to go both "up into startling light" and "out in bare feet, / out into the beautiful darkness."
---  Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson is Founding Editor and Publisher of New Mexico Poetry Review. Her collection of poems, Burn, was selected as a 2009 Kansas Notable Book. She published over sixty book reviews in The Kansas City Star.


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These are poems, in which, as the poet herself says, "shines steady stars" … Linda Whittenberg is a poet whose genius is close listening, of tender attention to the milagro at the heart of ordinary: the daily dramas enacted in gardens, kitchens, laundry rooms….by rivers…among flowers whose names are known to us … This book generously invites the reader to be a guest at a well-set table, to be fed in many worlds. This is poetry lit from within – whose musical surfaces open to reveal the depth and breadth of a forgiveness we all long to taste and know, mercy we all yearn to show and be shown … and yet, still … there is the gentle … but powerful…startle … just inside each sweet kernel of knowing. You can indeed, taste the moon in this luminous work …
---  Judyth Hill

Judyth Hill: Poet, teacher, food expert, workshop leader, performer, lives in Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her most recent collection of poems is Dazzling Wobble, Future Cycle Press, 2013.


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Linda Whittenberg’s Tender Harvest is the real thing: an adult’s garden of verses rich in small-town story, down-home truth, soil-bred wisdom, land-of-little-rain beauty, and more—all interwoven with evocative detail, spiritual attentiveness, emotional intelligence, tough-minded clarity, and verbal music tuned to a well-tempered ear. These explorations of a poet’s variegated life invite you to go outside, open your senses, call up memories, and celebrate the world—tangled war and woof of your own.
---  Michael L. Johnson

Michael L. Johnson is professor of English at the University of Kansas. The recipient of many literary awards, he is author of sixteen books, including seven collections of poetry and poetic translations, among them From Hell to Jackson Hole, a Poetic History of the American West.


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This is a collection of breaths that will guide us to remember and to love again. Savor it and be blessed.
---  James McGrath

James McGrath, author of At the Edgelessness of Light, Speaking with Magpies, Dreaming Invisible Voices.