Linda Martin

Alaska Literary Award, 2021


Linda Martin grew up on a farm in western Montana and subsequently lived in Wenatchee, Tulsa, Denver, San Francisco and New York City. She is glad to have reached the end of the road in Homer, Alaska, where she and her husband Larry have lived for the last 40 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. They are small-business owners, recently retired. Martin acquired an MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2011, at the age of 66. Her first book of poetry, I Follow in the Dust She Raises, was published by the University of Alaska Press in 2015. She writes about domestic life. She loves endurance sports, sometimes as a participant, usually as a spectator. She is doggedly working on a book of poems about the Bunion Derby, a footrace from New York to Los Angeles that her father ran in 1929.