Linda K. Sienkiewicz grew up south of Cleveland, Ohio, where she enjoyed sitting cross-legged on the front step, folding and stapling manila paper into books she filled with happily-ever-after stories and drawings. She made her own jewelry, sewed her own clothes, and painted her shoes a different color when she wanted a change. She painted illustrations on the minor dents in her first car, a ’73 Plymouth Duster, as well as expansive wall murals for friends.
A scholarship art student, Linda worked in graphics before starting a family. Years later, she returned to her other love, writing. Her short stories, poetry, essays and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Permafrost, CALYX, Rattle, Controlled Burn, The MacGuffin, A Twist of Noir and others. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Almost Touching, Frenzy, Stonecoast Lines, and Idol Talk.
Her debut novel, In the Context of Love, was published in 2015 by Buddhapuss Ink LLC. The book is an Eric Hoffer Award Finalist, a Sarton Women’s Fiction Award Finalist, Readers Choice Book Award Finalist, a USA Book News “Best Books” Award Finalist, and it has also earned a New Apple Official Selection Award for Excellence and an Honorable Mention from the Great Midwest Book Festival.
Among her other writing awards are a poetry chapbook award from Heartlands Today (1997) and a Pushcart Prize Nomination in poetry. She has three other poetry chapbooks: Postcard of a Naked Man (2003, March Street Press), Dear Jim (2004, Main Street Rag) and Security (2010, March Street Press). Her Masters of Fine Art Degree (MFA) in Creative Writing is from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.
Linda works as a volunteer for The Neighborhood House, a non-profit human services organization. Over the years, she has founded an adult ADD support group, conducted journal writing workshops at a domestic violence shelter, worked as a conservation picture framing specialist, and participated in Pet-a-Pet therapy by visiting hospitals and nursing homes with her chocolate Lab. She now has a lively Welsh Pembroke Corgi that became her own therapy dog of sorts when she lost an adult son, the oldest of three children, in 2011, to suicide.
Writing for Linda has always been a way of making sense of the world, but for nearly two years after her son died, she was unable to write. Remembering how proud he was of her work enabled her to start writing again with renewed passion. One of the messages in In the Context of Love, her debut novel, is knowing that every day is a day where bad things can happen, but we have to be open to the possibility of goodness, too. The inspiration for the novel, the tragedy in her personal life, and the struggle to stay positive exemplify this message.
Linda is a member of the Detroit Working Writers, Springfed Arts, Detroit Writers’ Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her husband in southeast Michigan where they spoil their grandchildren and send them back home.
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How to pronounce Sienkiewicz: The Polish pronunciation is shin-KEH-vich. Most English speaking people say SINK-e-wits. Linda answers to various mispronunciations of her married name, but prefers the Polish pronunciation. She is 100% Finnish American, not Polish, but proud to share the last name of Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Henryk Sienkiewicz.