November 12th: Linda Larson Features

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On November 12th, we welcome Linda Larson, who has celebrated late 2007 with the publication of her new collection of poetry from Ibbetson Street Press, washing the stones.

Linda Larson was born in 1947. She began writing poetry in elementary school and published in school publications in Evanston, Illinois and at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In 1970 she graduated with a M. A. in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Influenced by T.S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Bly she continued to write for publication. At the same time she battled mental illness for over three decades. Her peripatetic lifestyle resulted in the loss of many manuscripts. From 1997 through 2002 Larson was the editor of Spare Change News, a Cambridge-based newspaper that reports on and serves people experiencing homelessness.

In her sixtieth year Larson has managed with the help of book designer Lynne Sticklor to bring out an autobiographical collection of her poetry spanning her days as a student at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and encompassing her struggles with mental illness, homelessness and addiction.

Click here for a sample of Larson's work.