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About Linda Drattell


Linda Drattell is a poet and writer who lives in Northern California and  Barcelona. She has also 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 a poetry 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 and in print with various anthologies and literary magazines, including Prompt for the Press, Bubble Literary Magazine, Viewless Wings Publisher, six Wingless Dreamer anthologies, two Las Positas College anthologies, two California Writers Club anthologies, Bad Dreams Good Dreams and Mark Drolsbaugh’s On the Fence: The Hidden World of the Hard of Hearing anthologies.

Her poetry collection, Remember This Day, was published in 2023 by Finishing Line Press. A second poetry collection, The Lighter Side of Horse Manure, will be published in 2024, also by Finishing Line Press. Who Wants to be Friends With a Dragon? – a  children’s book  she co-wrote– was also published in 2023 by Dorrance Publishing Company. An excerpt from her unpublished adult novel is an Embark finalist, and a flash fiction piece was short-listed for the Loft Books 2023 prize.

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, France, 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. Please connect with her on X (formerly known as Twitter) @LindaDrattell, on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Recent Reviews

Impressively original, exceptionally charming, fully entertaining, and with an important message about the importance of the acceptance of difference for children ages 5-8, "Who Wants to be Friends With a Dragon?" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers.

Midwest Book Review

This book is an awesome, welcome addition to my little children’s library. Should be picked up by therapists, teachers, parents and grandparents if they want their children to learn to accept and socialize with other children different from them. Couldn’t ask for a better book to share with my little friends.

Amazon Customer

The story follows a timid dragon that wishes to leave his current world and make new acquaintances. The book can be used to teach children about not being judgmental of others and how a single act of kindness can go a long way toward building great relationships.

Nothing But Picture Books

"There are multiple teachable moments within “Who Wants To Be Friends With A Dragon” for parents and teachers to expand upon. I believe this book will make an exceptional addition to any school, church, daycare, or family library."

Read Reviews Kids

Linda Drattell’s latest poetry collection is a reflection born out of resilience… tenacity, healing, dealing with unexpected trials and contemplating the wonder of everyday life… Her poems honor the precious bonds with loved ones …I like to revisit her words, to savor them in silence or share them…

Julia Hone