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was born in Rochester, New York, educated at Boston University, and moved
Nebraska in 1963. She is a professor of English and women's and gender studies
at the University of Nebraska
she is Glenna Luschei Endowed Editor of Prairie Schooner. Her poems, essays,
have been published in books from University Presses of New England,
Scribner's, Longstreet Press, Story Line Press, North Light Books, and the
Bench Press as well as The Colorado Review, Kenyon Review,
Women's Review of Books, Judaism,
North American Review,
Literature in Medicine, Ploughshares,
and elsewhere. She has
served as editor, scholar, and fellow at the
Breadloaf Writer's Conference,
and is a past president of Associated Writing Programs.
She has also
worked as an artist in the schools.
Her books include Trans (Wesleyan UP, 2001), The Best from
Fiction and Poetry (U of Nebraska P, 2001) and
The Best from Prairie Schooner:
Personal Essays (U of Nebraska P, 2000), co-edited with
and Truly Bone (1999).
Her collections of poetry include All Odd and Splendid (Wesleyan, 2008),
What is Good (Thorntree Books), The Bone Dish (out in a second edition from State Street
Press), and Divine Honors (Wesleyan UP, 1998).
She is the editor of several anthologies, including
Living in the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer (Persea
Books, 2000) and
The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary
Jewish American Writing (1998).
Her two children are John Link, a composer and
professor at William Paterson College in New Jersey, and Aaron Link, a
jeweller, mask maker, and biologist who works in Portland, Oregon. Her
husband, Dale Nordyke, is an owner of The Mill in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Her most recent books include, written in collaboration with her son, Aaron Raz Link,
What Becomes You, a work of creative nonfiction on gender,
a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Book Award.
Other new books include All Odd and Splendid (Wesleyan UP, 2008) and
What Happens (Bison Books, U of Nebraska Press, 2009).