pictures of Linda Whittenberg


Linda Whittenberg grew up in Illinois farm country and lived for periods of time both east and west before finding her heart’s home in the mountains and deserts of New Mexico. Her story involves experiences that might have led to a cautious life, but, to the contrary, she has followed an adventurous path with unpredictable turns and unexpected rewards. The various roles she has played as wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and Unitarian Universalist minister have all become fertile sources for poems.

Since retiring from full-time work in ministry, she has lived just outside Santa Fe, NM, in a rural setting with her husband, Bob Wilber.  They met dancing over 25 years ago and still dance weekly with a large circle of country-western dancing friends. Linda and Bob enjoy long mountain hikes in the Pecos Wilderness.

Linda is an active participant in the community of Santa Fe writers.  Her work has been published widely in poetry journals and anthologies: Sin Fronteras; Writers without Borders; Passager; Manzanita Quarterly; Spoon River Poetry Review; Santa Fe Literary Review; New Mexico Poetry Review; Pudding Magazine; Lunarosity and The Familiar, an anthology published by The People’s Press. (publications list)

Favorite poets: William Stafford, Walt Whitman, Gerald Manley Hopkins, Mary Oliver.

For several years she has been a member of the Praise Poets, Advanced Writing Seminar, begun by widely-acclaimed poet, Judyth Hill.