Linda Goodman, a Virginia Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarnspinner. She began writing her own stories while she was in elementary school and continues to be a prolific writer to this day. In November 1988, while she was living in Enfield, Connecticut, she rediscovered the “oral tradition” while attending the first annual Tellabration! ™. She has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout the country with her original stories, traditional tales, and monologues ever since.
Linda’s works are known for their “Southern Appalachian” flavor, and her CDs, Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins, have received glowing reviews and have been aired on several NPR and Sirius radio programs. Her one-woman show, Daughters of the Appalachians, was published in book form in 1999 and has since been performed as a play by casts from theaters in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
Linda lived in New England from August, 1985 to August, 1998. While there, she was approved by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for inclusion on their PASS, Event and Residency, and Touring Rosters. From August 1998 through December 2012, she lived in Chesterfield, Virginia where she was listed on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Writers in Virginia Directory. She has lived in Waxhaw, North Carolina since January 2013 and is on the roster of the Charlotte/Mecklinburg Arts and Science Council (ASC) Education Provider Directory. She is the 1995 recipient of the Excellence in Storytelling Award presented by the Storytelling Institute at Southern Connecticut State University, a 1998 recipient of a Storytelling World Honor Award, a 2013 recipient of 3 Storytelling World Winner Awards, and a 2014 recipient of 2 Storytelling World Winner Awards. She is a charter member of the Barter Storytellers of Abingdon, Virginia, the country’s first professional storytelling troupe associated with a professional theater.