An Index to the Website
may be found by clicking here



Books! Books! Books!


To learn about my books:

The Non-fiction Page -- Publication information about my many books of non-fiction stories and essays as well as the more informational texts about Bison and the Roadside History of South Dakota.

The Poetry Page -- My poetry collections are listed here, as well as a number of poetry-related stories and essays, some of which (surprise!) contain poems.

The Wind Anthologies Page -- I co-edited three collections of stories and poems by western women (with Nancy Curtis and the late Gaydell Collier); read all about them.

The Books That Include Work By or About Linda Page -- My work appears in many anthologies of essays and poetry. See a list with book covers and descriptions.

These pages, and many others, are found on the BOOKS & MORE link in the menu bar at the top of the website.



Find Me Online!

Besides this website full of stories and photos, you may follow my blogging and other writings in several ways:

Subscribe to my WordPress blog "Notes from a Western Life" and have it delivered to you via email, complete with photos
WindbreakHouse.wordpress.com

"Like" my Facebook page ("Linda M. Hasselstrom's Windbreak House") for news and announcements, photos, Stories from the Writing Retreat, and notices of new blog postings or Youtube videos.
www.Facebook.com/​WindbreakHouse

Or check this website's blog page periodically
www.windbreakhouse.com/​blog


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Listen Up!

Watch me on YouTube

Nancy Curtis, publisher and owner of High Plains Press, recorded a couple of videos of me reading my poetry and posted them on YouTube.

To see me read "Where the Stories Come From"
click here.

To see me read my poem "Make a Hand"
click here

Or go to www.YouTube.com and search for Linda Hasselstrom.

You may also want to visit the High Plains Press facebook page where you will find these two poetry videos and much more about the many great western books-- poetry and non-fiction-- published by High Plains Press.

Thanks, Nancy!

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Some of My Stories and Essays
may be found on this website.

* Poetry Page essays
Read suggestions for writing and performing poetry and the stories behind some of my poems.

* Critter Stories
Brief stories and photos of birds and wildlife seen on my ranch may be found on this page.

* Gallimaufry Page
Stories and photos that don't fit anywhere else.

* Website Blog Archives
I have since moved my blogging to WordPress, but you can read my many original archived blogs here.


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Looking for the
Home Page Essays?


Since December, 2009, I posted a new message here on the Home Page for the eight seasons of the year. As of the December, 2014 Winter Solstice Home Page Message, I have turned my writing energy in other directions, including more frequent, but shorter, blogs.

We've archived the Home Page Message essays (click here) so you can read the ones you missed and re-read the ones you enjoyed. Some of them include recipes or poems or writing suggestions. All of them have photos.




Worldwide Circulation!

Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006, writes a weekly poetry column sent to 3 million readers worldwide via newspapers and individual email subscriptions.

In August, 2014 he shared my poem "Planting Peas" in his column #490.

Read it here.



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Linda M. Hasselstrom's Windbreak House Retreats
books, writing retreats, more.

Welcome to Windbreak House.

Celebrating 20+ Years of Writing Retreats! (founded 1996)

In the center of the nation, deep in the grasslands of western South Dakota, essayist and poet Linda M. Hasselstrom grew up as an only child on a family cattle ranch homesteaded by a Swedish cobbler in 1899.

Today she invites you to benefit from a writing retreat on that same ranch. Come to the house where she discovered the Great Plains outside her windows, where she began to write the poetry and non-fiction books that have established her as one of the strongest voices on behalf of the prairie.

Linda holds a BA in English and Journalism, an MA in American Literature, and has been a teacher of writing for more than 45 years. She has hosted writing retreats at her ranch since 1996.

Not a writer but a reader? Enjoy Linda's vivid descriptions of her life and work on the ranch, as a writer, and as an advocate for the preservation of the prairies and the people and wildlife who inhabit them.

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Meet Linda on Youtube

For a brief introduction to Linda, her ranching life, her books, and the writing retreats, watch this Two-Minute Summary on Youtube. You've read her words-- now hear her voice and see her ranch and writing retreat.




The News from Windbreak House -- July, 2017


New Books Coming in 2017

I have two new books in the works this year and will make formal announcements as I get closer to publication.

Here's a teaser: One book is a new, expanded edition of an existing title. The other book is all new, and will revisit many of my favorite themes, such as my life on the ranch and the western South Dakota grasslands.

Stay tuned to this website and to my Windbreak House Facebook page for future bulletins.

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Interview on KEVN TV

In March I was interviewed by Taylar Perez of Rapid City's KEVN Black Hills Fox TV station. Taylar came to Windbreak House, filmed my responses to her thoughtful questions, and captured shots of the Writing Retreat house, the books I spoke about, and early spring at the ranch. Then she zoomed back to Rapid City, filmed another interview elsewhere, edited the stories in the afternoon, and presented them that evening while she also anchored the news. Wow!

You can watch my interview and read the transcript here at KEVN Black Hills Fox.

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Youtube Videos

In honor of National Poetry Month, and specifically National Cowboy Poetry Week (April 16th through the 22nd), I recorded some stories and readings as a tribute to Badger Clark, South Dakota's first Poet Laureate. I was inspired by a number of writers and poets during my childhood-- notably Mari Sandoz and Badger Clark, who each wrote about the west that I knew from my life on the ranch.

New in 2017 --- See my tribute to Badger Clark, his cabin in nearby Custer State Park, and his humorous Last Verse of poetry here on Youtube.

See my video about Badger Clark's poem "The Legend of Boastful Bill" here on Youtube (published 2016).

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My Most Recent Book

Write Around Nature's Calendar

The Wheel of the Year: A Writer's Workbook
nonfiction, 2015, Red Dashboard Press
ISBN: 978-0-9966450-0-3
$22.95 -- paper


The Wheel of the Year is structured with sixteen essays, one for each of the eight seasons through two years, with an intermission essay, “Respect Writing By Not Writing,” which discusses taking time off. Extensive writing suggestions are included, as well as additional resources. The workbook is intended as a guide and teacher as a writer sets up her own schedule of writing and develops a relationship with the natural and mundane worlds in which we live. If the reader came to a retreat at my Windbreak House Retreats, this might be a series of conversations we would have about writing.

All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on the book jacket photo, and more.
Click here to go to The Wheel of the Year webpage.


If you would like to purchase an autographed copy from me, please send a check or money order for $28 to:

Linda M. Hasselstrom
PO Box 169
Hermosa SD 57744

Let me know if you would like me to personalize a message along with my signature.

The $28 covers media mail shipping & handling within the USA and any applicable sales tax.

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Now, What About Your Writing?

Windbreak House Writing Retreats and online Writing Conversations by eMail.

If you would like to spend some time writing at Windbreak House see the Writing Retreats Page for the list of available retreat dates in 2017 and all the details you need to know about applying for a writing retreat (working with me) or a solitary retreat (recharge your creativity and enjoy uninterrupted writing time).

If you can't take a retreat holiday because your time or your budget is tight, we can still have some productive writing fun together online. See the Online Writing Help Page for complete details on how to sign up for a Writing Conversation by eMail.

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Stories About Writing Retreats

Susan wrote a blog about her January, 2016 writing retreat-- you'll get a few writing tips while you enjoy reading about her experience.
www.writingwyoming.com/2016/02/lessons-from-writing-retreat

And I have a blog series about writing retreats.
Six Steps to a Successful Retreat at Windbreak House
Create Your Own Writing Retreat at Home

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My WordPress blog "Notes from a Western Life."
Come on over and sign up for a subscription.

The Windbreak House Blog

Notes from a Western Life

My WordPress blog allows me to include multiple photos, link with social media across the web, and offer you a free subscription that sends a dandy version of the blog directly to your email inbox, photos and all. To subscribe click on any of these links to go to the blog, then scroll down and look for the subscription box in the right-hand column.

Some Recent Blogs:

"Book Remarks: Wilderness Fever" -- posted June 26, 2017
High Plains Press recently published Wilderness Fever: A Family’s Adventures Homesteading in Early Jackson Hole, 1914-1924, a book created from journal entries and letters written to relatives. Hang on to those family writings, folks!
Read the book review here.

"The Internet: Connecting to the World from Rural South Dakota" -- posted June 7, 2017
One of the reasons I write is to understand a problem and therefore move towards a solution. As my internet connection grew worse until I lost connection completely, I still kept doing research and continued to write.
Read of my woes and my solution here.

"Resting in Peace. Or Not." -- posted June 1, 2017
As I help tidy the local cemetery before Memorial Day, I am reminded of the people of our community. How I wish I had written down the oral history my father heard as a child and then passed along to me as we worked together on the ranch. This is what I remember.
Enjoy stories (and photos) of the Hermosa community here.

"Windbreak House Writing Retreats 20th Anniversary" series -- posted in December 2016 and January 2017
2016 was the 20th year I conducted writing retreats at my ranch home. Read this ongoing series of blogs for stories, photos, and many quotes by writers taken from the Retreat House journals. I have written 8 chapters and expect to write a few more later this year.
Part 1 -- Beginnings
Part 2 -- Evolution
Part 3 -- Guidelines
Part 4 -- The People
Part 5 -- The Writing

"Deadline Met: Report on a Solitary Writing Retreat" -- posted December 16th
Mystery writer MK Coker came to Windbreak House for a solitary retreat in October, hoping to finish the final revisions on the most-recent book in the Dakota Mystery series in time for its November publisher deadline. Read the report on MK's time at the retreat and my notes about this great mystery series.
Read about MK's retreat and books here.


Because it is time-consuming to update two blogs, I have phased out the blog on this website to concentrate on my WordPress site. However, many older blogs are available on the Blog Page of this website which you will find by clicking here.

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Connect with Windbreak House on Facebook and with my WordPress Blog.

If you "Like" me on this Facebook page you'll get notifications of my newly-posted blogs as well as announcements about my books, writing retreats, and other events to do with Windbreak House.

www.Facebook.com/​WindbreakHouse

No kitten videos, but I post Stories from the Writing Retreat and various other writing-related photos, announcements, book reviews, and the occasional joke. You can ask questions and exchange comments with me and other readers of the postings.

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You can sign up to follow my WordPress Blog "Notes from a Western Life" here:

WindbreakHouse.WordPress.com

Once you've subscribed you will receive the blog in your email, complete with photos. The WordPress blog has the exact same content as the blog on this website, but WordPress allows me to post more photos throughout each entry.

And as a bonus, WordPress does not require you to decipher some squiggly words in order to post a comment. The first time you post a comment you must be approved by me (I know you won't deluge me with annoying spam about sunglasses and other products), but after that you are allowed to comment freely.


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