Linda Peavys writing
career has been a diverse one, publishing fiction, nonfiction, and
poetry, as well as dramatic writings. Born November 5, 1943, in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Peavy graduated from Mississippi
College with a B.A. in 1964 and earned an M.A. in English at
the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill in 1970. She taught high school and college English
for a decade before moving to Montana in 1974, where she worked
as a freelance writer, an independent scholar, and a poet/writer
in the schools/communities for the Montana
Arts Council. In 1991 she moved to St. Louis to pursue an M.F.A.
in fiction writing and playwriting at Washington
University. Since the fall of 1994 she has been living and writing
in Middletown Springs, Vermont, and in the spring of 2000 she completed
a two-year stint at BMIs Lehman Engles Musical Theatre Workshop
in New York City.
Peavy has held writing residencies at Ucross
Foundation (1987), Centrum Foundation (1986, 1987), Hedgebrook Cottages
for Women Writers (1991), the Millay Colony for the Arts (1994),
and Yaddo (1995). In addition to a full scholarship and teaching
fellowship for her Washington University MFA work, she has received
an NDEA grant for graduate work at UNC Chapel Hill; an NDEA Summer
Institute grant; a Montana Arts Council Fiction Fellowship; an AAUW
Career Development Grant; a 1988 NEH Travel to Collections Grant;
a Vermont Arts Council Opportunity Grant (1999); and a Vermont Community
Foundation 1999 grant.
Peavy has published seventeen short stories
and more than 60 poems in such little magazines as The Long Story,
Kalliope, Crescent Review, Texas Review, Writers Forum, North
Dakota Review, Antigonish Review, Crab Creek Review, Cottonwood,
Poets On:, and Negative Capability and in such anthologies
as Katharyn Machan Aals Rapunzel, Rapunzel and Irene
Zahavas Word of Mouth. She has also published one picture
storybook for young readers (Allisons Grandfather,
Her nonfiction articles and reviews have
appeared in various little magazines, professional journals, and
anthologies, and she has authored and/or co-authored twelve books
of nonfiction. Most of these were co-written with Ursula Smith on
historical subjects, including Frontier Children (1999),
Pioneer Women (1996), and Women in Waiting in the Westward
Movement: Life on the Home Frontier (1994).
Most recently, the two authors were senior
historical consultants for the miniseries Frontier House, to
be telecast in spring 2002 on PBS. The six-hour reality series,
produced by WNET-Thirteen
in New York City and Wall
to Wall Television (UK, Chanel 4), placed three contemporary
American families in the Montana wilderness to live as 19th century
pioneers did. Peavy and Smith also wrote, with series producer Simon
Shaw, the companion volume to the series.
posted April 2002)
Links & Info
Linda Peavy and her frequent collaborator Ursula Smith
are credited as chief historical consultants for the 2002 PBS reality
House, in which three contemporary American families
faced 19th century life in the Montana wilderness.
- (Author of libretto with Ursula Smith). Pamelia
(opera). First performed in Billings, Mont., August 25, 1989; choral
suite from opera performed at Carnegie Hall, May 29, 1989.
- Fiction and Poetry:
- Allisons Grandfather (picture storybook).
Illustrations by Ron Himler. New York: Scribner, 1981.
Peavys poems and short stories have appeared in a number of
magazines and journals, including Texas Review, Cottonwood Review,
South Dakota Review, and Antigonish Review. Her work has also appeared
in the following anthologies:
- Aal, Katharyn Machan, ed. Rapunzel, Rapunzel. Crossing
- Cole, William, ed. The Poetry of Horses. New York: Scribner,
- Morgan, Richard, and Phyllis Fischer, eds. Cracks in the Ark.
- Wade, T. E., Jr., ed. With Joy: Poems for Children. Gazelle,
- Zahava, Irene, ed. Word of Mouth: 150 Short Stories by 90 Women
Authors. Crossing Press, 1990.
- (With Jere Day). The Complete Book of Rockcrafting.
New York: Drake, 1976.
- Have a Healthy Baby: Doctor Recommended Nutritional Guide
& Menus for Before, During and After Your Baby Is Born.
New York: Drake, 1977.
- Canyon Cookery: A Gathering of Recipes and Recollections
from Montanas Scenic Bridger Canyon. Artcraft, 1978.
- (With Andrea Pagenkopf). Grow Healthy Kids!: A Parents
Guide to Sound Nutrition. New York: Grosset & Dunlap,
- (With Ursula Smith). Food, Nutrition, and You (young
adult). New York: Scribner/Macmillan, 1982.
- (With Ursula Smith). Women Who Changed Things (young
adult). New York: Scribner/Macmillan, 1983.
- (With Ursula Smith). Dreams into Deeds: Nine Women Who Dared
(young adult). New York: Scribner/Macmillan, 1985.
- (With Ursula Smith). The Gold Rush Widows of Little Falls:
A Story Drawn from the Letters of Pamelia and James Fergus.
St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.
- (Co-author with Ursula Smith). Women in Waiting in the Westward
Movement: Life on the Home Frontier. Norman: University
of Oklahoma Press, 1994.
- (Co-author with Ursula Smith). Pioneer Women: The Lives
of Women on the Frontier. Smithmark, 1996; Norman: University
of Oklahoma Press, 1998.
- (Co-author with Ursula Smith). Frontier Children.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.
- (With Simon Shaw and Ursula Smith). Frontier House.
New York: Pocket Books, 2002.
- Articles and Interviews:
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- About the Author:
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