Linda Barnes has been writing since childhood, and chose to focus on poetry because her lifestyle doesn't yet allow her to finish her historical novel. She has Bachelor's Degrees in English and Psychology, a Master's in Psychology, and has kept a personal journal for over 40 years. She is a Certified Journal Facilitator through The Center for Journal Therapy in Colorado and teaches journal writing and memoir. Linda coordinates the annual Southern Oregon Poetry Prize awarded by the Downtowner's poetry group of Talent, Oregon. She is also the founder of the Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon State Poetry Association. In addition, she is a Certified Poetry Therapist, having obtained her training through the National Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapy. She has received some modest prizes for her work, and her poetry has appeared in Manzanita Quarterly, Rogue River Echoes, the National Association for Poetry Therapy anthologies, Labyrinths, and More Kisses. She is the author of two chapbooks, Golconda and Solitary Nevermore. She was a featured poet on a recent KBOO "Talking Earth" program and has been a presenter at the SouthCoast Writers' Conference held annually in Gold Beach. Linda is a counselor at Rogue Community College in Medford and also teaches online through the Therapeutic Writing Institute (http://twinstitute.net/).
What Makes the Country Music Awards?