About Linda

Linda M. Hasselstrom

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 (see the list, below).  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 of poetry, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet with Twyla M. 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, www.windbreakhouse.com, provides details about her writing retreats, online consulting (Writing Conversations by eMail), and her published poetry and nonfiction.  To see and hear her poetry performed, search YouTube or see her website.


Nonfiction Books by Linda M. Hasselstrom

  • The Wheel of the Year: A Writer’s Workbook
    2015, Red Dashboard Publishing.
  • No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life
    2009, paper edition 2010, University of Nevada Press.
    * WILLA Award, Women Writing the West, 2009.
  • Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work
    2002, paper edition 2005, University of Nevada Press.
    * WILLA Award Finalist (runner-up), Women Writing the West, 2003.
  • Feels Like Far: A Rancher’s Life on the Great Plains
    1999, paper edition 2001, The Lyons Press.
  • Land Circle: Writings Collected from the Land
    1991, paper edition 1993, anniversary edition (paper) 2008, Fulcrum Publishing, Inc.
    * Mountains & Plains Booksellers award: one of four best books, 1992.
  • Going Over East: Reflections of a Woman Rancher
    1987, paper edition 1993, reprinted edition with new cover and epilogue (paper) 2001, Fulcrum Publishing, Inc.
    * First annual Fulcrum American Writing Award, 1987.
  • Windbreak: A Woman Rancher on the Northern Plains
    1987, reprinted, Barn Owl Books.
    * Literary Guild alternate, March 1988.
  • Bison: Monarch of the Plains
    Text by Linda M. Hasselstrom; Photography by David Fitzgerald
    142 color photos; oversized with full-color dust jacket and slip cover.
    1998, Graphic Arts Center Publishing.
    * Independent Publishers Association award: best environmental and nature book of 1999.
    * Oklahoma Book Award, 1999
  • Roadside History of South Dakota
    Guide to major highways, towns.
    1994, reprinted, Mountain Press.

Poetry by Linda M. Hasselstrom

  • Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
    By Linda M. Hasselstrom and Twyla M. Hansen (50 poems from each author)
    2011, The Backwaters Press.
    * Winner of the 2012 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry (sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book).
    * WILLA Award Finalist (runner-up), Women Writing the West, 2012.
    * Book Award Finalist (runner-up), High Plains BookFest, 2012.
  • Bitter Creek Junction
    2000, High Plains Press.
    * Fine Arts Award, Wyoming State Historical Society, 2000.
    * Wrangler Award, Best Poetry Book, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 2000.
    * WILLA Award Finalist (runner-up), Women Writing the West, 2001.
  • Dakota Bones: The Collected Poems of Linda Hasselstrom
    Contains the complete texts of Caught By One Wing and Roadkill, plus 30 pages of new poems.
    1993, reprinted, Plains Press (formerly Spoon River Poetry Press).
  • When a Poet Dies
    limited edition hand-press, printed from Melior type on Fox River Olde white vellum; 220 copies printed.
    2006, Red Dragonfly Press.
  • Roadkill
    1987; reprinted 1990, Plains Press (formerly Spoon River Poetry Press).
  • Caught By One Wing
    1984; Julie Holcomb, Letterpress; reprinted 1990, Plains Press (formerly Spoon River Poetry Press).

Books Edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom

  • Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West
    Edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier & Nancy Curtis
    Anthology, nonfiction and poetry.
    Published 2004 by Houghton Mifflin, Mariner Books.
  • Woven on the Wind: Women Write about Friendship in the Sagebrush West
    Edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier & Nancy Curtis
    Anthology, nonfiction and poetry.
    Published 2001; paper edition 2002, by Houghton Mifflin.
  • Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West
    Edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier & Nancy Curtis
    Anthology, nonfiction and poetry.
    Published 1997; reprinted; paper edition 1998, by Houghton Mifflin.
  • Journal of a Mountain Man – By James Clyman
    Edited and introduced by Linda M. Hasselstrom
    Published 1984 by Mountain Press; reprinted 1998 by Tamarack Books; reprinted 2014 by Win Blevins (general editor of the Classics of the Fur Trade series).

For more information on all of these books, including how to order some of them from Linda, see the Books & More page of her website.

www.windbreakhouse.com

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