Side By Side / Art and Poetry

Linda’s newest book is a collaboration with artist Colleen Maloney, following a mixed media gallery show in Seattle’s Pioneer Square in September, 2019. The book gives you the gallery experience, featuring on facing pages Colleen’s luscious prints with their accompanying poems by Linda. In the back-cover review, Shift Gallery artist Peggy Murphy describes the book: “The two collaborators give us the sensuality of life—the perfume of sweet peas, the palpable stillness of an empty room, the savory taste of a hamburger, the whir of lawn sprinklers, and the anticipation of a freshly baked pie. They remind us to slow down and pay attention—that the simple moments count.” REVIEWS BY READERS: “Yeah! What vibrant colors and words! With everything so oppressive and urgent right now, your book is a ray of sunshine to soothe and refresh the spirit.” “Your poetry is really wonderful, as is Colleen’s art. Together you have created what you described in the poem Bouquet—an irresistible bunch (of poems and pictures).” “What an inspired undertaking! A beam of light in a dark time.” This book is available from the author.

About Linda

Linda Katz, Master’s degree graduate of the University of Michigan, enjoyed a long career in child welfare as a clinician, administrator, child advocate, and lecturer. As a writer and trainer she developed innovations to make the child placement system better serve our most vulnerable neglected and abused children, and taught these methods nationally and internationally. Along the way she has always been a poet. She is the author of many articles in professional social service journals, as well as poems in literary magazines. After retirement she found she was missing the company of small children and was lucky enough to find a place where she could be useful at Hawthorne Elementary School. She lives with her husband in Seattle.

Rise Up! Life and Literacy in an Urban First Grade

Welcome to Room 18 and visit first grade in a school whose apt motto is Rise Up! Follow a new literacy volunteer as she learns from inner-city first graders about their joys and worries, their humor and insights, and comes to some compelling conclusions. Discover the joys and sorrows of an excellent inner-city elementary classroom and some inescapable conclusions.  

Sing Me Awake: A Chronicle of Friendship

They met as graduate students in Ann Arbor in the 1960s. Together they risked their lives in Mississippi, found career paths unimagined by their mothers, embraced the major social movements of their time, and stayed close friends, despite distances, until Donna’s death in 1980.