Linda Joy Burke

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I believe that through deep, personal exploration and integration of the arts into our lives, in whatever form - "art" presents itself to us, we are able to enhance our growth and inform our knowing about the world and ourselves more completely. This allows us to heal wounds, and create a culture that bridges the best and worst of our history with the best and worst of our possible destiny.

Performance poet, writer, percussionist and picture maker Linda Joy Burke is a 2002 Distinguished Black Marylander Award recipient for Art from Towson University’s Office of Diversity, a 2004 Coca Cola Company/NFAA Distinguished Teacher in the Arts nominee, a 2004 Poetry for the People Baltimore Legacy Award recipient, a 2008 Fox 45 Champions of Courage nominee, and a 2007 Columbia Festival of the Arts Poetry Slam winner and a 2013 Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame inductee.

Burke’s poetry, fiction, op-ed columns, reviews, profiles and feature stories have appeared in numerous publications or recordings including:

Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi’s Revenge of the Smart Chics 2: Ambitious Gods CD 2012 Women To Woman Magazine; Fall /Winter 2010 Little Patuxent Review; poetry Healing Issue, January 2007, (guest co-editor) June 2007, Interviews with: photographer Michael Oberman for Nature Issue 2008, Joyce J. Scott for Spirit issue 2010 and Chris August for Music issue 2013. Gargoyle 54; Summer 2009 Issue The Peace Mural; Traveling Installation - Washington D.C. November - January 2009 Baltimore Sunpapers; January 2005 New Year’s Haiku Beltway Poetry Quarterly, January 2005 Walt Whitman Tribute Issue Black Issues Book Review; Nov/Dec. 2001 January/February 2002 - Reviews September Eleven, Maryland Voices -the 9/11 Project; Baltimore Writers' Alliance; 2002 Poetry for Peace: An Anthology of Maryland Poets on War, Peace & Social Justice -Icarus Press; 2002 The Road Less Taken - The Saint Valentine Sunday Poetry Marathon 2001 CD Maryland Institute College of Art When Divas Laugh: The Diva Squad Poetry Collective; Thompson Cager, Chezia. Inprint Editions 2001 Thy Mothers’ Glass - Poems for Mothers and Daughters; Scharper, Diane; Wordhouse Books 2000 Wordhouse -The Newsletter of the Baltimore Writers’ Alliance; Monthly - Op Ed Column 1999 - 2002, February 2003 Healing Design Practical Fung Shui for Gracious Living; Gerecht, Hope Karen; Tuttle Inc. 1999 The Baltimore American Indian Center HIV/Substance Abuse Awareness; 1998 Calendar Sunspot - Baltimore Sun Paper Local Poets Website; 1997-2001 http://www.sunspot.net Obsidian II Black Literature in Review - The University of North Carolina; 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998 Word - Up Baltimore CD; 11/97 Collection a project of Maryland Poetry in Review Articulate Arts Magazine; Vol. 4 Number 1-1997 Mood, Minds and Multitudes - 1996 Cassette Collection by Linda Joy Burke Quintessence;-The Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Columbia Md. 1989, 1990-1995, 1996,1997 Montgomery Time; 1997 Jambalaya Magazine -Howard County, Maryland; Vol. 1,No 2, 1993, Vol 2. No. 1 & 2, 1994, Vol III, No.1, 1995 - Includes Photography Voices of Women; Vol. 2, No. 2:1994 News & Village Views; Columbia Maryland (prize winning poems) 92, 98 Meridians - Traditional Acupuncture Institute; Vol. 2, No. 1:1994 Passager - University of Baltimore; Vol. 4, No. 1: Winter 1993 Treetop Panorama - Payson, Illinois; Issue 12, Fall 1987 Tradeswomen: A Journal for Women in Blue Collar Work; San Francisco, Ca.,Vol. 6, No. 3 - Summer 1987 The Metropolitan, Baltimore MD; Vol. 5, No.2:1979 The Black Review - Blackberry Press, Baltimore, MD; Vol. 1, No. 1, 1978, Vol. 2., No. 1, 1979 The Journal of Traditional Acupuncture; 1979,1980 The Howard County Times; stringer 1976-1977 The Columbia Flier; 1976-1977, 1997, 2001 Echoes - Howard Community College; 1976 Asylum - Mt. Vernon College; Spring, 1974 The Washington Star News Weekender; 1973

Burke has performed and given readings or talks sponsored by: The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, Columbia Festival of the Arts, The Baltimore Book Festival, The Little Patuxent Review, The Howard County and Enoch Pratt Free Libraries, The Maryland Humanities Council, The National Black Women's Health Collective Conference, National Poetry Therapist Conference, The Nora School Reading Series, The Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series, The Baltimore City Jail, The Association of Women in Psychology Conference, Common Ground on the Hill Music and Arts Festivals, Random House Book Festival, Columbia International Festival, Baltimore’s Artscape, and other venues too numerous to mention.

She conducts workshops and residency programs for diverse audiences using a multi-disciplined approach for women’s groups, festivals, conferences and students at numerous venues including: Howard Community College, Maryland Institute College of Art, Howard University, The University of Baltimore, Osher Institute, Mary Baldwin College, Wor-Wic Community College, The Baltimore Ethical Society, Lucent Technology, Women in Science and Engineering, The Black Jewish Forum of Baltimore, Heal a Woman Heal a Nation Conference, Anne Arundel Artist Teacher’s Institute, Chesapeake Center for the Arts – Leadership Arundel Arts Workshops, Carver Center for the Arts, Brookland Park Middle School, Elon Vital, the Good Sheppard Center, and Hamilton Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland.

She is a sought after adjudicator for regional poetry literary and spoken word competitions, including both the national and regional NAACP Act – So Competitions, Howard County Public Library middle, high school poetry competitions, Poetry Out Loud competitions, Louder Than a Bomb; Baltimore Youth Poetry Slam, Battle of Da Skoolz College Poetry Slams, and the Baltimore City Wide Youth Poetry Finals. She has served on literary advisory panels for the Maryland State Arts Council, testified on the necessity of arts funding on behalf of the Howard County Arts Council, and acted as grant reviewer for Baltimore Promotions and the Arts, and Maryland State Arts Council Grants Programs. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Little Patuxent Review, and previously served on the Boards of Jambalaya Magazine, and the Baltimore Writer’s Alliance where she is President Emeritus.


I Grew Up to Be the Neighborhood Nosy Lady: [1] Moods Minds & Multitudes [2] The Bird Talks Blog [3] Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://washingtonart.com/beltway/burke.html

Also find her @ljoybird on Twitter.



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