Writing about wild, invincible landscapes and the people who lived in them
Judith Lindbergh is an author, teacher, creative writing mentor,
sometimes photographer, former professional dancer and actress,
and a whole lot of other things.
Here’s the latest!
February 6, 2023, I spoke with the wonderful Darcey Gohring and the Zibbymag Online Writing Community about my Bob Dylan “Autopen” essay (see just below), the differences between my first experience publishing THE THRALL’S TALE early in my career and my journey to date with AKMARAL, coming out in 2024, and much more. Thank you for a great conversation, Darcey!
December 2022 truly was busy. First, all the hubbub around Bob Dylan’s “Autopen” Controversy inspired me to share my thoughts on the Privilege of Hand-Signing Books, which were featured in Zibby Magazine. Then I had a great conversation with Adam Sockle on his podcast Passions & Prologues talking all about the birth of The Writers Circle, and my passion for creativity (and hiking… at the end)!
October 2022: 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.
October, 2022: I had a great photo session with my dear friend Sarah Lyman Kravits and got some wonderful, authentic headshots for my upcoming book launch. I always wanted to be photographed outdoors, but for THE THRALL’S TALE, my publisher insisted on a pricey NYC photographer. Those pictures were beautiful, but my friends say they were “a bit remote.” Well, that was then, and this is now. And here I am in my favorite place–outside, enjoying in the fresh air. Thank you, Sarah!
May 2022: 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.
Past Events, News & Publications
Publications & Profiles:
I was 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 studied with me at The Writers Circle for the last several years. (She started the literary journal to blow away her COVID isolation blues!)
The Writers Circle Journal 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 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 was 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 an earlier essay–still one of my favorites: 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?
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.
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!