Welcome back to Member Monday. It’s a pleasure to feature author, storyteller, illustrator and poet Linda Boyden.
By Linda Boyden
Full-term clouds slouch,
sullen and bored, against the waning day.
Heavy laden, anxious, they sling their bellies
low along the western sky;
smudge the faint glow of the trembling sun.
Behind the milky gray barrier
The sun labors, languishes,
lapses into silence.
Disappears.Bathed in pink, the clouds strain,
Bear forth their liquid burdens:
deliverance to the parched land.Rain!Against the pane, my fingers strum
echoes of the tempest’s drum.
has spent most of her adult life leading children to literacy. From 1970-1997, she taught in primary grades, receiving her master’s in Gifted and Talented Education in 1992 from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In 1997, Linda decided to change careers and abandoned full-time teaching for full-time writing. Her first picture book, “The Blue Roses,”
debuted in 2002. It was the recipient of Lee and Low Books’ first New Voices Award, the 2003 Paterson Prize, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers’ Book of the Year, Children’s Literature, 2002-2003, and was included on the prestigious CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) 2003 Choices list of recommended titles. In 2007 she wrote and illustrated her second picture book, “Powwow’s Coming”
which was published by the University of New Mexico Press. She has also written and illustrated “Giveaways, an ABC of Loanwords from the Americas”
published also by the University of New Mexico Press in 2010. In 2011, Giveaways
was the recipient of three Finalist Awards from the International Book Awards, Finalist in the 2012 New Mexico Book of the Year Award and was included in the California Reading’s Association’s 2012 California Collections list of recommended titles. In her writing for adults, she has had poems included in a number of anthologies. In 2006, she won the Adult First Place and Third Place awards at the Pleasanton Poetry Festival. Linda is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
and Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers
. She enjoys doing author visits and storytelling at schools and libraries as well as presenting workshops at writing conferences around the country. Visit www.lindaboyden.com
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