Lynda La Rocca was born in New York City, grew up in northern New Jersey, and is a 1975 magna cum laude graduate of Georgian Court College (now Georgian Court University), Lakewood, New Jersey. A former journalist for the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, she is currently a full-time freelance writer. During the school year, Lynda also works part-time as a teaching assistant in the Spanish/ESL laboratory at the Timberline Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado.
Lynda’s nonfiction articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in such publications as The Denver Post, The Pueblo Chieftain, America West Airlines Magazine, Woman’s World, Delta Sky, Old West, the Chicago Tribune, and Highlights for Children. Her poetry has appeared in numerous state and national poetry-society anthologies along with such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Quarterly, Frogpond (Haiku Society of America), Colorado Central Magazine, U.S. Catholic, and Children’s Playmate.
Lynda’s two poetry chapbooks, In the Shortness of My Days and The Stillness Between were published respectively by New Spirit Press, New York (1993) and Pudding House Publications, Ohio (2009). Her third poetry collection, Spiral, was published in 2012 by Liquid Light Press, Colorado.
Lynda is a member of the Shavano Poets’ Society, a chapter of Columbine Poets Inc., Colorado’s state poetry society; she served as the chapter’s secretary from 2002-2011. She is also a member of the Maine Poets Society; the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc.; and the Chaffee County (Colorado) Writers’ Exchange. In 2005 and 2006, Lynda served on the organizing committee of Sparrows, Colorado’s largest performance poetry festival (presented annually in Salida from 2001-2007). Since 2004, she has been a member of the River City Nomads, a group of five Colorado poets that has performed at various venues throughout the state, including Sparrows, the Colorado Art Ranch Artposium, and the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale.
Lynda lives in Twin Lakes, Colorado, with her husband, writer Steve Voynick, their dog Luz, and an ornate box turtle named SunSpot.