Linda Joy Burke
Poet and Writer

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 ourselves and the world 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.  

Linda Joy Burke is a 2002 Distinguished Black Marylander  Award recipient for Art from Towson University’s Office of Diversity and 2004 Coca Cola Company/NFAA Distinguished Teacher in the Arts nominee, and a 2004 Poetry for the People  Baltimore Legacy Award  recipient.


Articles, essays, letters, fiction, reviews and poetry have appeared in the following publications or collections:

Baltimore Sunpapers- January 2005 New Year’s Haiku
Beltway  Magazine- www.WashingtonArts.Org Walt Whitman  150th Anniversary edition January 2005
Conversing With Dragons: The Life and Art of Robyn Weiss:
Burke, Linda Joy and Edens, Jacki - iUniverse 2003
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 Gay Paper
  Monthly Op-Ed Column 1998
The Baltimore American Indian Center  HIV/Substance Abuse   Awareness  1998 Calendar 
 Sunspot -  Baltimore Sun Paper Local Poets  Web sight 1997-2001
 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 Times 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 Columbia 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


Editor or Editorial Consultant *

Images –
The Literary Magazine of Brooklyn Park Middle School, Anne Arundel County 2006

Mom Let’s Talk – A work in progress 2003 – 2006

Conversing With Dragons: The Life and Art of Robyn Weiss: Burke, Linda Joy and Edens, Jacki - iUniverse 2003

Wordhouse – The Newsletter of the Baltimore Writers’ Alliance, Howard County Editor - 2001-2002

The Poet’s Hour –Chapbook for the Howard County Center for African American Culture 2000

Woe Is Me And My Birthday TreeMy Chiropractic Storybook *, Words by Diane S. Kelly, Pictures by Vonnie Winslow Crist

A Partial List of Previous Appearances

Brooklyn Park Middle School
–Poetry Residency 2006

Heal A Woman Heal A Nation Conference-Morgan State University –Workshop 2005-2006

BLEWS  Blacks and Jewish Forum of Baltimore 1999-2006 Primary Workshop Facilitator/Consultant
Chevy Chase Elementary – Poetry Residency 2005

Anne Arundel County Teachers’ Institute- 2005 Poetry Workshop

Baltimore Ethical Society Keynote 2003-2004 Workshop 2005
Salisbury University- Summer Arts Camp – Workshop, Performance 2004
Good Shepherd Center – Life-Skills Residency 2003  Poetry Residency 2004
Columbia International Festival – 2003 (HeARtbeat an Interactive multi-media  Performance)
Carver School for Arts & Technology  Poet in Residence
  1998 - 2004

Kernan Hospital - Baltimore Maryland   In-Service Workshop 2003
Hamilton Elementary School Baltimore Maryland -   Poetry Residency 2003
Maryland Institute College of Art-guest of Spectrum of Poetic Fire Reading Series- 1998-2003
Chesapeake Center for the Arts – Leadership Arundel Arts Workshops 2001-2004 Poetry/Writing Workshops 2000.

Artscape-2000,2001 HeARTbeat an Interactive multi-media  Performance Gordon Plaza 
Artscape 2001  Langsdale Auditorium – Debut Reading with Diva Squad Poetry Collective
Potomac Chapter of American Pen Women
– Workshop 2001

Joaquin  Miller Cabin Poetry Series- Reading 2001
Romance Writers Association – Workshop 2001

Annapolis Unitarian Church – Soulful Sundown reading with Harry Walker 2001
Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society Festival– Emcee 1996 – 2003
Interactive multi media performance- BIRDS Festival 2001
Write Now and Write Now 2 ! Conferences Sponsored By Sibanye Books and Coppin University - Poetry Slam Judge 2000-2001 & Workshop 2001
 Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1998-2000 Readings, Storytelling
 Mariposa Center for the Creative Arts – Poetry Reading 2000
 Howard University – Poetry Festival- Workshop 2000
 Common Ground on the Hill Music and Arts Festival  Poetry Reading 1999-2000
 Random House Book Festival – Poetry Reading 1999-2001
 Maryland Writers’ Association Conference Workshop 2000
 Barne’s and Nobles Booksellers-Towson, Ellicott City, Power Plant – Workshops/ Readings 1998-2003
 Baltimore Writers’ Alliance Conference at Towson University;  Workshops 1997-2000
 In Love With Words- Columbia Festival of the Arts  Poetry Festival Feature Reading 2000-2001
 Harford County Women’s Commission Keynote 2000
 One Point Communications   In-Service Workshops 1999
 Baltimore Office of Promotion; Neighborgood Grant and Book Festival Interactive Emcee 1998-1999
 Bryant Woods Elementary – Residency 1999
 Stella Maris Hospice- Camp Maris; Workshops & Performance 1999-2000
 NARABS Annual conference    Baltimore Md.  In-Service Seminar 1998
 Lucent Technologies  Diversity In-Service Seminar 1998
Ravenwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Residency 1997-1998
Columbia Black Fest Family Gospel Festival   Performance 1998
The Association of American Women in Psychology  annual conference concert  Opening Act 1998
Mariner at Mt. Clair Residency 1996-1998
Harford County Drug/Alcohol Impact Program-Maryland Tomorrow Retreat-Workshop 1998
JHU Department of Pastoral Care’s "Healing Words, Healing Spirit"  Concert  1998
Women In Story -College of Notre Dame  & Liriodendron Mansion      1996- 1998 Storytelling & Emcee
 Howard County Poetry & Literature Society - Celebrating Howard Co. Poets  1997,  1998
 Complimentary Voices  Black History Month at Baltimore  Museum of Art 1998
 Maryland Association of Storytellers  annual conference Workshop 1998
 Elan Vital Center- Residency  with Gail Rosen 1997
 Howard County Library  Lecture Series 1997, International Coffee House reading
Filmore School for the Arts  Workshop  1997
Mary Baldwin College  Workshop  1996
Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary  Richmond VA. Workshop 1996
The Baltimore Book Festival  Reading  1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 member Poetry Committee, emcee Literary Tent, High School Writer’s Awards  1997,1998,1999
Step Forth Books & Healing Center Workshop  & Performances  1995-1998
Hope House Foundation- Virginia Beach Virginia "Beyond Advocacy"  Conference  Concert 1995
National Black Women’s Health Project- Conference  Concert 1995
William and Mary College   Workshop & Concert 1995
Towson State University Day Care Providers Conference- Reading  1994
The Traditional Acupuncture Institute Ongoing Workshop/Performances since 1987
University of Maryland School of Social Work  Speaker 1994
Western Maryland College  Reading 1993
15th annual National  Association of Poetry Therapists Conference  featured poet 1993
Poet- in -Residence

1998 - 2005
Carver Center for Art and Technology, & 

1990-1997 The Traditional Acupuncture Institute - Columbia Maryland.   
1998-present  Howard County Center of African American Culture

Other Professional Affiliations

Literary Advisory Panel – Maryland State Arts Council
1999-2002  President Board of Directors:  Baltimore Writers Alliance  a  501C3 organization
1999 -2002     Staff The Baltimore Review - Fiction
1997-1998.   Member Board of Directors: Jambalaya Inc. a 501C3 organization



2006 Lambda Literary Awards - Erotica
2006 Howard County Center for African American Culture -

2000, 2001, 2004, 2005   National NAACP Act-So Competition, Poetry
2000-2001  Howard County Library, Middle and High School Poetry Contest
1996-1999  Baltimore City  NAACP Act – So Competition,
2000  Poetology at The 409 Gallery Poetry Slam

2001-2005   Poetry for The People Baltimore Battle of Da Sckoolz College Poetry Slam Night 

What people are saying about Linda Joy Burke

"You were able to communicate well and motivate the students with your down-to-earth manner, as well as gain their respect by exhibiting a wealth of knowledge...If every seventh and eight grade student in the D.C. public school system had an opportunity to participate on a regular basis in a program like yours, I feel that there would be few discipline problems and many more creative successful children..."
  - Rachel Ann Cross, Fillmore Arts Center at Rosario

"Thank You Thank You Thank You. Once again you have captured each woman’s attention and creativity.  The Women at our center really enjoyed your class and your energy.  Young women can always benefit from role models like yourself."
   - Melanie Birch Former Activities and Training Coordinator Élan Vital Center

"You taught without making it seem arduous and you shared your enormous talents and experience unconditionally, I hope you continue to teach for years to come."
   - Mary Beals participant in Poets in the Howard County Library Series.

"Linda Joy is able to reach down inside the writers to the place where the poet lives, and nurture that place and coax it to touch the world with powerful and creative ideas."
     - Bonny Boto, Literary teacher Carver Center for Art and Technology.

Three words to describe Linda Joy Burke, teacher, creative, positive.”

 -A Student from Coppin State University


"A wry sense of humor." -  Baltimore Magazine

"It takes one teacher to recognize another..." workshop participant,  1998 Maryland Association of Storytellers Annual Conference.

"The interactive piece was a stroke of genius. It broke down barriers, and put everyone’s focus right on center stage."  Lasanna Bill Harvey - Coordinator
AlliedSignal’s "Stargazers" tent at the 1997 Howard County Relay For Life,

"Your Poetry was very though-provoking and moving. Your presentation was incredibly different and energizing. You did an amazing job despite a lack of working sound equipment..."
    -Pat Bates, Adult Program Coordinator -  Howard County Library,