Judith Lindbergh is an author, teacher, creative writing mentor,
sometimes photographer, former professional dancer and actress,
and a whole lot of other things.

New News!

Judith Lindbergh

PASTURE OF HEAVEN is now titled AKMARAL. My editor and I agreed that “Pasture of Heaven” had a Christian fiction ring to it, and that my novel, with its animistic practices and pantheon of nature gods, is pretty much the exact opposite. “Akmaral,” which means “White Deer” in the Kazakh language, is the name of my protagonist woman warrior. Though unfamiliar, AKMARAL also resonates with powerful recent mythic retellings like CIRCE by Madeline Miller and KAIKEYI by Vaishnavi Patel.  What do you think?  Drop me a line and let me know.


It’s official! My historical novel, PASTURE OF HEAVEN, will be published by Regal House Publishing in May of 2024. After waiting for so long for my second novel to find a loving, happy home, I’m honored and thrilled to share this exciting news.

PASTURE OF HEAVEN is the story of Akmaral, a nomad woman warrior confronting love and death as she fights for her people on the Central Asian steppes in the 5th century BCE. It was inspired by several archaeological discoveries in Central Asia, including the Ice Maiden on the Ukok Plateau, called the “Pasture of Heaven” by the people of the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, and the “Golden Man” of Issyk, a warrior burial that researchers believe might actually be a woman. But the story of my central character grew out of one question, what would a woman like me fight and die for? The answer was clear: she would fight to protect her family. And so Akmaral was born.

Please share this new journey with me. Join my mailing list to hear what’s up with PASTURE and other news that comes along. It’s still two years away as of this writing, and there’s much to do before I get there.

Events, News & Publications

Upcoming Events:

Fall 2022: I am returning to the Montclair Literary Festival to teach Introduction to Memoir. It will be the first time I’m back in person at the MLF and can’t wait to see everyone there. Details and registration are at the MLF website.  Join me!

Publications & Profiles:

I’m honored to be interviewed in the September-October 2020 issue of The Blissful Pursuit Magazine.  The magazine, which provides opportunities for youth writers to speak their minds on critical social issues, raise STEM awareness, and keep the art of creative writing alive among teenagers, is the brain-child of student-entrepreneur Anusha Bansal, who has studied with me at The Writers Circle for the last several years.  (She started the literary journal to blow away her coronovirus isolation blues!)

The Writers Circle Journal has launched its 10th anniversary issue, including a short story I wrote called The Ritual. It is a semi-autobiographical reflection on a moment of transition in a dancer’s life.  Please read, share, comment, and enjoy.

My latest personal essay, Potluck Dinners: From perfect to a step too far published in the 2019 holiday issue of Edible Jersey. My dear writing friends from Madeleine L’Engle’s workshops and The Writers Circle will certainly remember some of those wonderful potluck gatherings!

I’m so excited to see my guest blog post–“Are you sure you want to know the future?”–shared on Madeleine L’Engle’s website.  It recalls a moment I spent with Madeleine long ago and an invaluable lesson, one of many, that I took away from knowing her.  Thanks to Charlotte Jones Voiklis for sharing my words and memories.

And here’s my earlier essay, Food Confessions of a Former Dancer, from the Spring 2019 issue of Edible Jersey, Who knew a non-cooking former dancer had so much to write about food?

Past Events:

January 21, 2021: I was thrilled to be invited to share my thoughts on the inspiration for young writers to be found in Amanda Gorman’s glorious inaugural poem in an interview on News12 NJ.

September 14, 2020: With all the challenges of the pandemic, I was so happy to return to the Montclair Literary Festival 2020 with a new workshop, Writing with the Senses, held online, of course.  Hopefully next year, we’ll be back in person, safe and together!

November 16, 2019: I was incredibly honored to be on a panel with my dear friends Stephanie Cowell and Pamela Leggett at The Madeleine L’Engle Conference: Walking on Water in New York City, sharing our remembrances of studying with Madeleine years ago in New York City. Her workshop was my very first serious exposure to writers and writing practice, and what I learned from Madeleine has informed everything I have ever done with my own teaching and with the formation of The Writers Circle. The entire conference was truly inspirational, as have been all the experiences I’ve ever shared with the friends and writers I’ve met through Madeleine’s orbit. I’m so grateful to have been a small part of such a wonderful event. Read more in the November 26 Publishers Weekly article.

More: I’m always teaching weekly workshops, as well as hosting literary events and lots of other literary doings, at my beloved creative writing community, The Writers Circle!  Check out what we’re up to and join us!