Lynda Smith Hoggan has been a professional gift shop duster, bra strap counter, playground instructor, army base secretary, garment district house model, east coast ghet-toe English teacher, barmaid, go-go dancer, technical writer, sex educator, west coast barrio health teacher, college professor, as well as an amateur martini taster.
At age six she debuted her first poem, titled, “Her face was the color of peaches and cream, with strawberry juice in between.” Fortunately, she improved enough to win her high school’s poetry award and since then has published an array that includes poems and newspaper articles, sexuality columns and newsletters, academic journal articles, pages on a state website and personal essays; she also won First Place in a writing contest. See Awards & Publications for that list, and Books in Progress for samples of what she is currently working on.
Lynda’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA. She holds the title of Professor Emeritus after teaching Health and Human Sexuality for twenty years.
Lynda enjoys reading literary fiction by the fire, shaking her butt to old-school R&B in a funky club, watching film noir with some popcorn and the doors locked, sleeping in her lover’s arms by a campfire, laughing with her friends over karaoke and chili, taking long bubble baths, sipping wine at sunset to the sound of owls and coyotes, drinking cafe au lait in the morning, feeling the sun on her skin, and remembering to appreciate nature’s bounty. Among other things.