Linda Drattell is a poet and writer from Northern California. She has lived and worked in three world capitals on three continents and draws from her lifetime of experiences to inform her writing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the American University in Washington, D.C. Deafened in her thirties, she relearned how to navigate social, professional, and family relationships, and has chronicled this process through articles in newsletters, magazines, and in an anthology. She has worked in peer support services, community relations, and as an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Completing a full-length work of fiction which she hopes one day will be published, Linda looked for a way to fill her time while awaiting each rejection letter and began writing poetry; childhood memories of her parents joyfully reciting poems reignited her love of the art form. Her poems have been published online with Prompt for the Press and Viewless Wings Publisher, and in print: Wingless Dreamer’s Field of Black Roses, Vanish in Poetry, and Ink the Universe anthologies, and Las Positas College’s Havik anthology.

Linda’s aging horse and goats provide muses for many of her poems. She is a long-distance runner and writes poems of her experiences passing through local parks. Writing also has helped her overcome trauma; caught in the middle of a terror attack in 2016 in Nice, Paris, writing enabled her to process that event’s impact on her life.

Linda serves as a board member of both the California Communication Access Foundation and the California Writers Club/Tri-Valley Writers Branch. She lives in Pleasanton, California. She may be reached through her Twitter handle @lindadrattell.

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