Linda Ravenswood

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Linda Ravenswood
Carolyn Forche and Linda Ravenswood
in Los Angeles.
Born Los Angeles, California

Linda Ravenswood is a writer, artist, and vocalist who currently resides in Los Angeles. The play Bike Odyssey L.A. (with Brian Sonia Wallace) won a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in 2014.[1] Bike Odyssey L.A. was also awarded a Producer's Encore Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival where it premiered. Her first book Hymnal from Mouthfeel Press, 2012 and short story The Infant Golem of Prague The Bicycle Review, 2012 were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The poem The peas from Hymnal received a Pushcart Prize nomination for Poetry in 2013. Her work has been recognized by The City of Los Angeles, The City of West Hollywood, The Los Angeles Library Foundation and The Metropolitan Transit Authority for Bike Odyssey L.A. She was a Finalist for Poet Laureate of West Hollywood in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Linda Ravenswood was born in Los Angeles, California of English, Irish, Czech, Danish, Native American (Wampanoag) and other ancestry. She is a descendent of the Mayflower adventurer Stephen Hopkins. She holds a BFA from (CalArts) and an MA from Mount Saint Mary's College. She has lived extensively in the US, Ireland and the UK.[citation needed] Her father, Oscar Montano, was a well known barman, semi - pro golfer, and raconteur in Burbank, California.[2] Born in Baja California, his nightclub Sardo's, was a hangout and unofficial club house for the NBC Studios, whose headquarters were around the corner. Her mother, Marianne McKee, is an executive secretary and chief of staff for many national and international corporations (including JPL, NME, Leisure Technology, Braun and Co., and others) Her career in business spans six decades.

Personal life[edit]

In her twenties, she lived in Ireland with her husband, the songwriter and music interpreter/musicologist Garrison White, where she continued to write. Taught by Meredith Monk, Karen Finley,and Charlie Haden, her practice includes allusion to memory and lineage. She lives in Los Angeles.


Writing poetry from age ten, she was first published by the Irish imprint, Interaction Publications (Flaming Arrows, Ed. Leo Regan)in Sligo, in 1994.[3] Steady appearances in reviews as The University of Salzburg Press (2009), The Wilshire Review,(Ed. R. Sam Deese, Boston University, 1999) The Hamilton Stone Review (2010), BLAZEVOX Books (2011), and Underground Voices, Linda's writing has featured in more than 30 print journals and online sites. Books include: Hymnal (Mouthfeel Press, 2012),[4] The Frankenstein Prophecies, with Robert Romanyshyn (forthcoming 2017), Linda Ravenswood Collected Works 2000-2016, An Assembly of Performance Texts (forthcoming 2017), Gallery Tally, LACMA Press, 2017, Llano del Rio Performance Texts, (forthcoming 2018), Near Kin, Sybaritic Press (2014),[5] MUDSLINGER, with Charles Linder, Gallery 16 (San Francisco, 2013), The Best of Lines + Stars, 2010

Live poetry performance has been commissioned for The Broad,[6] Google,[7] AWP Pen USA, and The Bootleg Theatre.[8]

Called a 'quintessential L.A. artist', she has appeared with Eloise Klein Healy, Azam Ali, Viggo Mortensen, S.A. Griffin and Shane McGowan. She is a frequent collaborator with Gina Young [9] ( REDCAT, Highways,[10] USC Visions and Voices,[11] The Hammer Museum[12]), Charles Linder,[13] Kristina Wong,[14][15] and METRO, The Metropolitan Transit Authority[16][17] She is a fellow at The Women's Centre for Creative Work.


External links[edit]

Media related to Linda Ravenswood at Wikimedia Commons