Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrinPoet, travel writer, novelist and workshop leader Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a contributor to numerous journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and online publications including the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Modern Bride, Travelers’ Tales, and She is the author of two poetry collections and the editor of the 4th edition of Best Places Northern California.

A winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, her work has also appeared in Wild Places and American Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber was published by Coffee House Press and named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Her collection of award-winning short stories, The Hand of Buddha, was published in 2000. She is also a contributor and original publishing partner in Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel. Linda has served as a past and present judge for the San Francisco Literary Awards (formerly known as the Joseph Henry Jackson, James D. Phelan and Mary Tanenbaum Awards) and as a literary arts panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts. She is currently at work on a novel set all over the globe.

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