Linda Amos is a 4th generation writer not following in anyone's footsteps, though chronically dyslexic and plagued by the mental side effects of one-too-many depressions, she fears losing words lately.
A widow for over a decade, her newest poetry anthology will hopefully see the light of day before she closes her eyes.
Linda holds an A.S. in General Studies, and a B.A. in Mid-European Studies, both or which are not worth the paper they are printed on from York College of Pennsylvania-where she got her degrees from on the '15 year-plan'-while she worked single-handedly to raise 4 uniquely different children, while working part-time. Raising humans were her most tireless and demanding job for almost 30 years.
She is a pacifist and Presbyterian, and she hates litter and waste. Her carbon footprint is very low, and she recycles EVERYTHING!
Linda enjoys organic gardening, growing a most excellent Spring garden of hundreds of tulips and daffodils and has nursed along a fabulous Bleeding Heart plant for 11 years.
Linda is a lifetime member of the Rusk County Poetry Society of Henderson County, Texas. She held memberships in the Virginia Poetry Society, the West Virginia Poetry Society, the Pennsylvania Poetry Society and the Poetry Society of Texas.
For 10 years she was a "move and shaker" with the Poetry Society of East Texas-but was reticent to join because people talk "funny" in East Texas and she thought they bred chickens!
Linda is the C.E.O. of the WORDWRITE SHOPPE, a small press poetry publishing house, and she has self-published 12 poetry anthologies and a tribute book to her beloved Mother, Mrs. Gloria J. Gardner, deceased.
Linda began her creative writing career under the tutelage of Mr. Theodore Fabie (deceased), her junior (11th grade) high school English Teacher. He initially submitted her rhyming poetry into Pennings, the school's literary magazine. This thrust Linda's work into the forefront, and she parlayed that success to editing and creating the first ever youth column on the front page of The York Dispatch, York's evening newspaper.
Linda also wrote for The Backpages, the student underground newspaper at York College of Pennsylvania.
Decades later she was a star writer for the college approved student newspaper, the SPARTAN.
Linda's two premier stories were as Cultural Editor of Dizzy Gillespie and Harry Chapin.
She was recognized from that tireless job and allowed to create ESP literary magazine.
ESP's short stories and poetry flourished under her tireless dedication and persevered until she graduated Spring 1984.
Since that time she's had a poetry column in The Penny Saver, a weekly in Lancaster County, and was the featured poet of the month at Delta College in the tri-cities, MI.
Linda was a fulltime volunteer in the York City York County environment for over 50 years and before COVID-19 struck she received a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate for her conscientious efforts to make York County and York City a more livable community.
She sat on the organizing committee for the Olde York street fair, York's premier salute to all mothers and all those who mother others and was a block captain for 20+ years! She also recruited over 500 vendors. Her children and husband each helped bring York County craft persons works to the masses.
One Mother's Day 102,000 people attended this 5-block long festival of arts, crafts, music and non-profits. It was grand!
Though COVID-19 prohibits her from volunteering at her local food bank or with the South Central Pennsylvania AARP Task force, Linda is never not busy.
She is a Second Lt. with Senior Membership with Civil Air Patrol Squadron 301-and she loves to crawl into anything that flies.
Linda is a mother of 4 biological adult children, a stepmother of 4 adult children and had 3 wards.
She has 20 grandchildren and 3 great grand Jewish-American princesses!
Linda loves watching horseracing on television, especially The Kentucky Derby, The Belmont Stakes and at Pimlico, Maryland.
Linda rode horses in her youth and was crazy for her Uncle Norton Shoemaker of Shoemaker Farm in Mullia Hill, VT, where she learned all about racing. Her cousin Norton Shoemaker, Jr. is still the Starting Judge at Chester Race Course, in Chester, Pennsylvania.
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