Linda Andrews – Winner of this year’s best poem, a sonnet entitled “Seville” in Washington Community College Humanities Association Literary Journal, Crosscurrents
Faculty Spotlight this month focuses upon Linda Andrews, winner of this year’s best poem, a sonnet entitled “Seville” in Washington Community College Humanities Association Literary Journal, Crosscurrents . Linda received her B.A. in English with a secondary teaching certificate from Michigan State University. After completing her baccalaureate degree, Linda moved to Seattle and began her career in academia, working in the College of Education at the University of Washington as an academic advisor. While at the University of Washington she coordinated the Teacher Corps program, a federally funded program to train inner-city school teachers. Later Linda began working for Group Health Cooperative as a communications specialist and speech writer for Group Health’s president. Her assignments also included speeches for members of the Board of Trustees, national keynote speeches, and legislative testimony, on the state and national levels.
Linda’s love of poetry and writing led her to join the Northwest Renaissance and Washington Poets Association. During this time Linda also began studying for her GREs and applied for graduate school at the University of Washington. She earned her MFA at the University of Washington with an emphasis in poetry and creative writing while working full-time at Group Health and raising her two children – a remarkable feat considering there are only 24 hours in a day. Writing was in her blood and this was evident when in 1998 the Blue Begonia Press published her book of poetry, Escape of the Bird Women. This book of poetry received the Washington Governor’s award in 1999 as one of the ten best books of the year. Linda joined the faculty at Walla Walla Community College in 2001 as an English, Speech, and Literature instructor. She remembers her first contract day with great clarity as it fell upon the unforgettable date of September 11, 2001.
Linda has received recognition as a gifted poet and writer as winner of a writing fellowship at the Ucross Foundation where she spent a six-week residency writing in Sheridan, Wyoming. She is best known for her beautiful free verse where snapshots of daily life become poignant word memories for all who read her poetry. Linda has also published a number of poems and essays in prestigious journals such as Seattle Review, Midwest Quarterly, Northern Lights, Willow Springs, Calyx, Poetry Northwest and Crosscurrents. She has had the unique distinction of winning Best Poem in Crosscurrents in 2004 and again in 2010. Linda received her Crosscurrents award this October at WACCHA’s 30th annual conference banquet in Seattle, WA. Walla Walla Community College is honored to have a Northwest writer with such exceptional writing stature and teaching ability as Linda on faculty and is delighted to honor her with Faculty Spotlight this month.