Linda Lanza is a classically-trained calligrapher, published poet, and expressive writing arts specialist. In her studio, Talk With My Hands, Linda’s creative practice involves making written artifacts that reflect the intersections of observation, intuition, and memory. Her teaching practice focuses on developing confidence with materials and personal expression, engaging with visual and verbal language, and exploring various elements, principles, and methods of composition.
Linda holds a degree in English Literature with highest honors from Rutgers University, a therapeutic writing credential from The National Association for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and certification from Smithsonian Institution/National Gallery of Art to teach critical thinking through art. Her Voicing Our Visions year-long calligraphy and life story writing program received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
During the pandemic, Linda created, curated and hosted the weekly online Inkwings Writing Adventures for more than 3 years. Linda taught the Calligraphy Intensive elective at College of St. Elizabeth, and, for 18 years taught the Calligraphy Workshop as a faculty member of Princeton Adult School.
Linda is author of three books of poems: Dry Red, The Underside of Leaves, and Particles of Exchange. She received the Distinguished Service Award from National Association for Poetry Therapy for her work as creative director and editor of The Museletter.
Linda classically trained in calligraphy and painting with Mary Lou Cook, Dick Beasley, Jenny Hunter Groat, Thomas Ingmire, Karlgeorg Hoefer, Friedrich Neugebauer, Jacqueline Svaren, David Mekelburg, Peter Thornton, Brody Neuenschwander, and many others. She is left-handed.
For over 30 years Linda’s award-winning work has been published and exhibited including Off the Cuffs, Mosaic, Pudding 34, The Artful Letter calendars published by Universe Press, Letter Arts Review, the Richard Beasley National Invitational Exhibition, and INCIPIT Circolo Calligrafia Italiana in Trieste, Italy. Linda’s calligraphic art is in personal and institutional collections in the United States, Europe, and Argentina.
When she is not teaching or writing, Linda enjoys listening to music, reading, making calligraphic art, textile and fiber arts, cooking, yoga, and walking outdoors. She has three children and one grandchild. Linda resides in New Jersey in a home filled with books and a cat halfway between a river and an ocean.
Linda’s ebooks of poems are available online from Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo, and other fine ebook retailers.
THE UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES
PARTICLES OF EXCHANGE
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Expressive Arts Specialist
P. O. Box 7695
North Brunswick, NJ, 08902 USA