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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 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.

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      Linda Joy Burke has published poetry, fiction, op-ed columns, profiles and features stories in numerous newspapers, literary publications, journals and anthologies,  such as in the Whitman edition of Beltway: An On-Line quarterly produced by, Obsidian II Black Literature in Review, Black Issues Book Review, Little Patuxent Review, Wordhouse, September 11, Maryland Voices anthology, Thy Mother’s Glass, and Jambalaya Magazine.  Her poems also appear in the book, Healing Design - Practical Feng Shui for Gracious Living; Hope Karen Gerecht Editor and are featured as part of  the anthology When Divas Laugh - 4 poets; Nefertiti Allen, Chezia Thompson Cager, Jaki Terry, Linda Joy Burke.

        She has performed at readings sponsored by: The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Baltimore Book Festival, Howard County and Enoch Pratt Libraries, The National Black Women's Health Conference, National Poetry Therapist Conference, The Association of Women in Psychology Conference, Common Ground on the Hill Music and Arts Festivals, Barnes & Nobles Bookstores through out Maryland, Baltimore’s Artscape, Common Ground on the Hill Music and Arts Festival, and a variety of venues in the mid-Atlantic region that are too numerous to mention.     


         She conducts creativity and writing workshops, in a variety of settings which include: schools from elementary to college level, for at-risk populations of women and juveniles, at festivals, and for people with disabilities.


      She  is currently the Poet - in - Residence for the Howard County Center for African American Culture, and President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Writers’ Alliance


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.

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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

Favorite Links

Moods, Minds & Multitudes
Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Art and Photography, Resources.

Bird Talks Too
Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Photography

The Little Patuxent Review
Arts and Literary Magazine

Black Classic Books
Along with Third World Books, Black Classic Press is one of the oldest Black owned Publishers in the country and home of When Diva's Laugh.

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