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American Life in Poetry
Ted Kooser's weekly poetry column shared Linda's poem "Planting Peas" with 3 million readers worldwide.

Mutual of Omaha's "Aha! Moments"
Linda recorded a short video clip telling how her poem "Mulch" was inspired.

Linda on YouTube
Watch Linda reading her poems-- posted by the editor of High Plains Press.
Catch a glimpse of Linda serving pie at a local fundraiser-- posted by the Hermosa Arts and History Association

Linda's Poetry on the Internet
Where to find Linda's printed poems and audioclips.

Ted Kooser: US Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006.

American Life in Poetry
A weekly poetry column by Ted Kooser

Linda's poem "Planting Peas" was shared the week of August 11th through 17th, 2014 as column number 490 by American Life in Poetry, a project by Ted Kooser (US Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006) that provides newspapers with a free weekly poetry column.

Linda was told that the current readership is about 3,000,000 per week. Newspapers receive a pdf and print the column per their weekly schedule. In addition, a large number of readers receive the column via free e-mail subscription sent around the world-- such places as Nepal, Indonesia, Uganda, Bangladesh, The Netherlands, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, most of Europe, Mexico, Korea, India, the Philippines, Turkey, Viet Nam and Myanmar, Canada and the U.K., as well as U.S. readers from Maine to Hawaii.

Linda wrote:
When I write a poem, I have a vague picture that people somewhere else will read it -- but it's hard to picture readers in Peru, Viet Nam, or The Netherlands, in any kind of detail. And yet because I know that in all those places people plant seeds for food, and mourn the grandmothers who taught them to plant, who taught them so much, I know that readers in those places might identify with this poem. The idea leaves me breathless. I am unlikely ever to shake hands with a woman from Myanmar who recalls her grandmother's hands, but by writing, I have done so. We have looked into each other's eyes and nodded, and smiled.

Writing can do this for us all.

To read the column:

Click on American Life in Poetry for the home page of the website.

To go directly to column number 490 with Linda's poem "Planting Peas" click here.

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Linda's "Aha! Moment"
short video clips compiled by Mutual of Omaha

Linda recorded an "Aha! Moment" in 2011 when Mutual of Omaha was in the Black Hills, telling a story about an event that inspired her poem "Mulch."

View the short film clip here or go to Mutual of Omaha's website and search for videos made in Rapid City in 2011.

Read the story behind the poem "Mulch" on the Poetry Page of this website.

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Linda on YouTube

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

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

To see Linda read her poem "Make a Hand"
click here

Or go to 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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Hermosa Arts and History Association

HAHA held its first annual Christmas Carnival on December 16th, 2012.

Watch the YouTube video to catch a few glimpses of Linda serving up many slices of pie. Alas, she declined her big chance to pose with Santa.

Click here to see Linda the Pie Lady.


You can read poetry by Linda at various and sundry websites. Some websites have exclusive photos or audioclips.

If you know of a website mention of Linda that we don't have listed here, please let us know about it. Thanks!

Bare Root Review --- Linda's poem The Westie's Nightly Game.

Cowboy Poetry website --- three of Linda's poems available in print.

People's Poetry --- audioclip of Linda reading the poem Hands.

World of Poetry --- Linda's poem The Only Place and "scary photos."

Writer's Almanac --- Three of Linda's poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's radio spots over the years.

Linda's Poetry on Linda's Blog (this link will take you to the Blog Page)
Poems from the book Land Circle have been reprinted in Linda's Blog on this website.
  • The poem At the Balloon Races in Custer, South Dakota may be found in the January, 2012 archives or under the index topic of balloons.
  • The poem Butchering the Crippled Heifer may be found in the January, 2012 archives or under the index topic of beef.

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    Bare Root Review

    Bare Root Review is a literary e-zine from the Creative Writing Program at Southwest Minnesota State University. This online journal has an original poem by Linda, “The Westie's Nightly Game,” plus a photo of Duggan himself. Go to the Bare Root Review website and click on the link with Linda's name to go to the page with her poem.

    If you prefer, you can read the poem on this website instead. See the Dog Stories page in the Books & More section.

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    Cowboy Poetry Website has three of Linda's poems available to read (no audio-clips).

    published in Dakota Bones

    Rancher Roulette
    published in Dakota Bones

    Keeping an Eye Out
    published in Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin'
    edited by Virginia Bennett (Gibbs-Smith, 2001).

    The Cowboy Poetry website's page featuring Linda, with a sampling of her poetry and some writings about poet Badger Clark.

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    People's Poetry

    For three days in April, 1999, Linda and about 5,500 other people gathered in New York City for poetry readings, conversations and performances. Among other events, Linda participated in a late-night poetry slam that pitted cowboy poets against inner city poets in a smokey bar. Alas, the cowboy poets lost the competition due to inexperience, though they improved after the first round and began winning the applause of the audience.

    For an audio clip of Linda reading her poem "Hands," go to the People's Poetry website, click on “Audio & Video Excerpts” then select “Past Clips” and “1999 Clips.” Scroll down to find Linda’s name. To hear the clip you need to have any MP3 compatible player including RealPayer, Windows MediaPlayer, or Apple's iTunes.

    If you don’t have that capability or wish to read it yourself, you can find "Hands" in the book Dakota Bones (1993, Spoon River Poetry Press).

    This People’s Poetry Gathering was sponsored by City Lore and Poet’s House.
    Read more about them on the People's Poetry website.

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    World of Poetry

    Go to the World of Poetry website. Click on "United States of Poetry" then select section #6 "Portraits." Scroll down through the list of poets and click on Linda's name.

    You'll find Linda's poem "The Only Place" along with a couple photos of Linda that have been described as "scary." These photos were taken in the bathroom of the Indian/​western art store Prairie Edge in Rapid City, South Dakota. Once you read the poem you'll realize why they were taken in a bathroom.

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    Writer's Almanac

    Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion radio-show fame also presents poetry to the masses through his Writer's Almanac radio spot, podcast and website. Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor as he recounts the highlights of the day in history and reads a short poem or two.

    Three of Linda's poems have been featured on the Writer's Almanac over the years.

    Rancher Roulette
    in April, 1996 (no poem or audio-clip available).

    Coffee Cup Cafe
    in August, 2003 (poem posted and audio-clip available).

    Clara: In the Post Office
    in July, 2002 (for Linda's birthday -- both poem and clip available) and
    in September, 2010 (poem only).

    The website uses both RealAudio and Windows Media formats and has a good help section.

    Website for The Writer's Almanac and search for Hasselstrom under authors.

    Or try this link to go to Linda's page directly.

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    Hamilton Stone Review
    Summer 2010 Issue Number 21

    Linda's short nonfiction piece entitled "Memory for A.V.F., Jemez Pueblo" appears in the Summer 2010 Issue of The Hamilton Stone Review, an online literary magazine edited by Reamy Jansen.

    For more information:
    Issue Number 21 of the Hamilton Stone Review

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