Linda M. Hasselstrom is an award-winning poet and writer of the High Plains whose work is rooted in the arid landscape of southwestern South Dakota. She writes, ranches, and conducts writing retreats on the South Dakota ranch homesteaded by her grandfather, a Swedish cobbler, in 1899.
Linda is also a real South Dakota rancher who has roamed across miles of grassland with her horse, and she’s been thrown, kicked, stomped, defecated on and bitten by horses and cows.
She is the author of fourteen books of nonfiction and poetry and she has edited or co-edited four books. Linda’s work appears in many anthologies and she has been published in periodicals as diverse as Reader’s Digest, Bloomsbury Review, Orion, High Country News, Ms. Magazine, Saturday Evening Post and Dry Crik Review.
Linda has been resident writer of Windbreak House Writing Retreats, established on her ranch, since 1996. Her most recent book Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet with Twyla Hansen, Nebraska’s State Poet, received the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry. Her nonfiction No Place Like Home received the WILLA for best nonfiction in 2010. She is special consultant to the Rural Literature R.A. L. L. Y. initiative, adviser to Texas Tech Press, and a speaker for Road Scholar educational travel.
Her website provides details about her writing retreats, online consulting (Writing Conversations by eMail), and her published poetry and nonfiction.