Linda Barnes, M.S., has degrees in English and Psychology, and is both a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator and a Certified Journal Facilitator. Linda is the current President of the National Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy. She is a retired personal counselor who continues her work in poetry therapy and journal facilitation in private groups and online with the Therapeutic Writing Institute.
Linda has won several awards for her poetry and is included in the Oregon Poetic Voices Project. She is a founding member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association. Each year she coordinates the Southern Oregon Poetry Prize for the Downtowners Coffee House monthly reading group, which offers cash prizes to local poets.
She has taught numerous classes and workshops on expressive writing since 1980 in Colorado, Oregon, and Arizona. Her personal diary extends to over 40,000 pages. She was a contributor to Tristine Rainer’s classic book, The New Diary, and sponsored an appearance in Denver, Colorado by the author Anais Nin, with whom she corresponded for several years.