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No kitten videos, but I will post some writing-related jokes and grammar tips.



Goodbye Summer!


Want to know more about this critter?

See the Gallimaufry Page for more photos and some odds and ends that don't fit anywhere else on this website.



Major Construction Project Underway


This BOOKS & MORE page is having a major overhaul which has broken many of the links within the website. When you click on a link, there's a good chance you'll be taken on a detour to an unanticipated location-- try to enjoy the trip. :-)

We are surveying each page and sticking the links back together one at a time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Yes, that's Linda in the photo above. She was helping Jerry lay out a new gateway and cattle guard at Windbreak House.



Where to Find Stories and Essays by Linda
on this website.

* Linda's Blog
Linda covers a wide range of topics.

* Home Page Message archives
Many of these essays have writing advice. All have photos, some have recipes, a few have poems.

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

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

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


Quick Links

Find Authors

Books & More

Scroll down for webpages on Linda's books and many other topics.


Index of the Website
Where to Find Everything You Want to Know.


Where in the World Is Linda M. Hasselstrom?
Learn where Linda will be giving talks, workshops and booksignings this year.
Read about the magazines and journals-- paper and electronic-- that include work by or about Linda.

This page includes information on how you can invite Linda to speak to your group.



Linda's Non-Fiction Books
Read Linda's stories from her early ranch days, through her move to the city, and back home to the ranch:
Windbreak --- Going Over East --- Land Circle --- Feels Like Far --- Between Grass and Sky --- No Place Like Home

The coffee-table Bison book with glorious photos
Roadside History of South Dakota
and Journal of a Mountain Man, edited by Linda



The Poetry Page
Information about Linda's books of poetry:
Dakota Bones --- Bitter Creek Junction --- Dirt Songs --- When a Poet Dies

Other Odds and Ends:
Poems and their stories; essays about poetry and operating a letter-press; links to audio-clips.



The Wind Anthologies
Leaning into the Wind --- Woven on the Wind --- Crazy Woman Creek
Three anthologies of true stories and poems by contemporary western women.
Edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Nancy Curtis, and Gaydell Collier.



Books That Include Work By or About Linda
Here is a list of various anthologies in which work by Linda appears.
In some cases these are original pieces by Linda that are not included in her own books --- read some on this page.

This page also has information on books that include material about or interviews with Linda.

Coming soon-- Linda's bibliography of magazine publications: a list of periodicals with stories, essays, and poems by and about Linda.



Purchase Books from Linda
Here's how to purchase a book-- with an autographed bookplate-- directly from Linda.

This page includes information about buying locally vs online, and warns you of a free-download scam.



Linda's Biography
Updated March 2013! With stories, photos, and suggested reading to learn more about her.

Linda's Memberships, Awards and Honors
Description of some of the organizations Linda has joined, and information about awards she has received.

Linda Online
Links to other websites where you can find All Things Linda --- including Linda's poems in print or read aloud, reviews of her books, and articles about Linda.



Home Page Essay Archives
Read that "Message from Linda" that was posted on the Home Page earlier this year.
Many of these essays have writing advice. All have photos, some have recipes, a few have poems.



Windbreak House Writing Retreats
Why should you come to Windbreak House? Read what others have written about the writing retreats.
Learn about some retreat participants. See photos.

For the practical details about attending a retreat, click on the RETREATS link in the menu bar at the top of this page.

Homestead House
If you come for a retreat, here's where you'll stay.
Read the history of the house; Take a photo-tour of the House and surroundings.

Writing Conversations by eMail
Why is it called a Writing Conversation? This page explains Linda's philosophy on working with writers through e-mail.
A few Handout excerpts are presented to whet your appetite for writing instruction.

For the practical details about how to work with Linda via computer, click on the ONLINE WRITING HELP link in the menu bar at the top of this page.



The Claude A. Barr Memorial Great Plains Garden
Linda's ranch hosts a botanic garden dedicated to preserving and displaying plants of the Great Plains.
Learn more about the Garden and some of the plants found on Linda's ranch.



Bird & Wildlife Habitat Improvement at Linda's Ranch
Linda worked with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory to improve bird habitat on her ranch.
Lists of birds and wildlife seen at the ranch may be found here.
Critter Stories -- the stories about the birds and wildlife seen on the ranch have been moved to their own page. Click here to go to the Critter Stories Page.



Critter Stories
Stories about birds and wildlife at the ranch. Photos!
Critter Stories were moved to this dedicated page because they outgrew the Bird & Wildlife Habitat Improvement page.

Dog Stories
News and stories about the various dogs at Windbreak House.
Non-doggy people are excused from reading this.

Cat Stories
Of course we can't neglect the kitties!
This page has stories of cats of the past, including a couple ghost-cat stories, and tells the story of the stray cat at the ranch.

Horse and Cow Stories
Linda is a cattle rancher at heart.
Read brief book excerpts and original essays about Linda's favorite horse Rebel, Winston the friendly bull, and others.



Rendezvous, Muzzle Loading, and Black Powder
Linda and her husband George participated in mountain man re-enactment camping.
This page has a list of Linda's books that have stories about Rendezvous camps, a buffalo hunt, and a horse-pack trip. View photos including a photo-story on the life of Linda and George's tipi. New! An essay by Linda about editing the book Journal of a Mountain Man by James Clyman



The Gallimaufry Page
A jumble of essays, poems, stories and photos that don't fit elsewhere in this website. Enjoy!



Iowa State University
Information about Linda's work with Iowa State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Environment.
See photos of the students' annual field trips to Linda's ranch.



Lame Johnny Press and Sunday Clothes
Learn about Linda's successful but now long-closed publishing house.
Includes information about and some cover photos of Sunday Clothes, an arts magazine.



"See What You Read"
Some photos illustrating the people, places, or things mentioned in Linda's writing.

What would you like to see?



Study Guides for Linda's Books
Formal Study Guides for some of Linda's books are posted here.
Also posted are links to where you can find further information about some of her books: questions and answers, stories about the book covers, essays on writing the books, and a book index so you can look up key words.



Windbreak
All About the Book
Windbreak: Journal of a Ranch Year -- published 1987
Linda answers some questions about this book and its cover. An original essay about writing this book is included.

Index of Windbreak
Want to find that particular story about Rebel the horse? Or Linda's description of her father? Look here to find the page number.



Going Over East
All About the Book
Going Over East: Reflections of a Woman Rancher -- published 1987, reprinted edition with new cover and new epilogue published 2001.


Land Circle
All About the Book
Land Circle: Writings Collected from the Land -- published 1991; re-published in an "Anniversary Edition" in 2008 with a new cover and new material.
Learn about Red Wing boots, rock-mulching juniper trees, Readers Digest excerpts, and more.


Dakota Bones
All About the Book
Dakota Bones: The Collected Poems of Linda Hasselstrom -- published 1993
Poetry; contains the complete texts of Linda's earlier work, Caught by One Wing (1984) and Roadkill (1987), both out of print, plus about 30 pages of new poems.



Roadside History of South Dakota
All About the Book --- Corrections to the Text and More
Roadside History of South Dakota -- published 1994
An index of corrections to the text and an essay by Linda about writing this book as well as why these corrections have never been made to the reprinted editions of the book.

Note: This book contains an index within the text so no index is posted on this website.



Bison: Monarch of the Plains
All About the Book
Bison: Monarch of the Plains -- published 1998
A large "coffee table" book; text by Linda M. Hasselstrom; photography by David Fitzgerald.

Note: This book contains an index within the text so no index is posted on this website.



Feels Like Far
All About the Book
Feels Like Far: A Rancher's Life on the Great Plains -- published 1999
Newly updated: synopsis, table of contents, Linda answers questions about the book.


Bitter Creek Junction
All About the Book
Bitter Creek Junction -- published 2000 in paper, as a limited edition hard cover, and as an audiobook (cassette and cd).
Part of the "Poetry of the American West" series by High Plains Press.



Leaning Into The Wind
All About the Book -- Book 1 of the Wind Anthologies
Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West -- published 1997
Collected stories and poems by many western women; edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Nancy Curtis and Gaydell Collier

Woven on the Wind
All About the Book -- Book 2 of the Wind Anthologies
Woven on the Wind: Women Write about Friendship in the Sagebrush West -- published 2001
Collected stories and poems by many western women; edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Nancy Curtis and Gaydell Collier

Crazy Woman Creek
All About the Book -- Book 3 of the Wind Anthologies
Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West -- published 2004
Collected stories and poems by many western women; edited by Linda M. Hasselstrom, Nancy Curtis and Gaydell Collier.



Between Grass and Sky
All About the Book
Between Grass and Sky: Where I live and Work -- published 2002


No Place Like Home
All About the Book
No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life -- published 2009
In this award-winning book, Linda ponders the changing nature of community in the modern West.
Linda offers some stories about the writing of the book, answers some questions, and gives information about a poem/painting collaboration. This page also includes some reviews from professionals and comments from readers.


Dirt Songs
All About the Book
Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet -- published 2011
Poetry; co-authored by Linda M. Hasselstrom and Twyla M. Hansen.