About Linda

Linda Morganstein is an award-winning, overeducated writer who happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. In the seventies, she dropped out of Vassar College and drove a VW van to California, where she lived in Sonoma County for many years. Later, she studied creative writing with Jane Smiley in Iowa. She is the author of novels, short stories, video scripts, and poetry. The bi-coastal transplant currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with her understanding partner, Melanie.

RESUME

WORK

SELF-EMPLOYED WRITER/​​BOOK ARTIST: 2012 TO PRESENT

EDITING AND WRITING CONSULTANT: 1992 TO 2009

MARKETING WRITER: 1992 TO 2009

PERSONAL TRAINER: 2009 TO 2012

OTHER POSITIONS INCLUDE UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR AND RESEARCH FELLOW

EDUCATION

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
MA in English with Creative Writing Emphasis, May 1991

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California
MA in Psychology, May 1981

University of California, San Francisco, California
PhD Program in Health Psychology Research, attended 1978-79

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California
BA with Honors in Psychology, May 1976

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Attended 1970-72

ART SHOWS

2018 "American Conversations: Looking Forward" (Women's Art Resources of Minnesota) juried show, Art Works Gallery, Eagan

2017 "Divergent Offerings” (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) juried show, The Show Gallery Lowertown and Avivo ArtWorks

2017 “Dream*Discover*Do!” WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) member pop up show, Dunn Bros. cafe

2017 “Zoetic” WARM juried show, Robbin Gallery

2016 “WARM Guerrillas: Feminist Visions” WARM juried show, Grain House Gallery

2016 “Where Are They Now? Works by Past Protégées” WARM juried show, Bethesda Hospital Gallery Cafe

2015 “Raster/​Vector/​Vexel” Juried show, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2015 “WARM Self-Portraits” Juried show, Gallery One TractorWorks

PUBLICATIONS

Numinosity: A Fractured Memoir, a memoir and cultural commentary. NuminosityWorks Press. October, 2017

Girls In Ice Houses, a novel. Regal Crest. March, 2015

Ordinary Furies, a mystery novel. The first in a series featuring Alexis Pope, self-defense instructor. Spinsters Ink. April 2007

Harpies’ Feast, a mystery novel. The second in a series featuring Alexis Pope, self-defense instructor. Regal Crest. February 2011

On A Silver Platter, a mystery novel. The third in a series featuring Alexis Pope, self-defense instructor. Regal Crest. September 2011

My Life With Stella Kane, a novel. Regal Crest. March, 2009

Second-Hand Smoke, a short story. Fine Print ’96. Printed in conjunction with the Authors in the Park Festival. Winter Park, Florida. October 1996

This World of Light and Darkness, a short story. Audre Lord Memorial Prose Contest Winner. Sponsored by Woman-in-the-Moon Publications. 1993

My Moses Story, a short story. American Fiction. Birch Lane Press, 1993 

The Elements of Mourning, a long poem. Negative Capability (awards issue). Number 3, 1992

Pearl Street, a short story. One Meadway, a literary journal associated with Sarah Lawrence College. Spring issue, 1992

Queen of Cups, a short story. Ethos, ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Magazine. November, 1990

AWARDS

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. Quarter-finalist. Girls In Ice Houses, a film script based on the novel Girls In Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein. December, 2015

WildSound Festival. Staged professional reading of a scene from a television pilot by Linda Morganstein, based on the novel My Life With Stella Kane by Linda Morganstein. February, 2016

Communicator Award (scriptwriting and marketing writing). Understanding Your Hysterectomy, a videotape and accompanying brochure. Produced by Cogent Communications through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Berlex Laboratories. November, 2000

Telly Award (scriptwriting and associate producing). Understanding Your Hysterectomy, a videotape. Produced by Cogent Communications through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Berlex Laboratories. November, 1999

Bronze Award (scriptwriting and associate producing). Understanding Your Hysterectomy, a videotape. Prix Leonardo International Festival (Parma, Italy). Produced by Cogent Communications through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Berlex Laboratories. December, 1999 

In-Awe Bronze Award (script and marketing writing). Understanding Your Hysterectomy, a videotape and accompanying brochure. Medical Marketing Association. Produced by Cogent Communications. November, 1999

Emerging Writer Award. Astrea Foundation. $11,000 grant. Fall, 1992 (Judge: Dorothy Allison)

Iowa State University Research Excellence Award. Catskill Stories, a collection of short stories comprising a master's thesis. Spring, 1991 (Major professor and nominator: Jane Smiley)

Will C. Jumper Award for excellence in creative writing. English Department, Iowa State University. Spring, 1991

Pearl Hogrefe Grant-in-Aid for excellence in creative writing. English Department, Iowa State University. Spring, 1991 

Critical Writing Award for excellence in academic writing. English Department, Iowa State University. Spring, 1990

Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing. Iowa State University. For the academic year 1989-90