Lynda La Rocca was born in New York City, grew up in northern New Jersey, and is a 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.  Lynda has also worked as a teaching assistant at the Timberline Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado, and as a copy editor for Leadville’s Herald Democrat newspaper.

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 regional, state, and national 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, Children’s Playmate, Colorado Life Magazine, and Think: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Reviews (Western Colorado University).

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 the state poetry society Columbine Poets of Colorado, Inc.; she served as chapter secretary from 2002-2011.  She is also a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. (NFSPS, Inc.), and the Chaffee County (Colorado) Writers’ Exchange.

Lynda served on the organizing committee for Sparrows, Colorado’s largest performance-poetry festival (presented annually in Salida from 2001-2007), and helped organize the annual NFSPS convention that was held in Denver in 2018 and hosted by Columbine Poets.  Since 2004, she has been a member of the performance-poetry troupe River City Nomads, a group of five Colorado poets that performs throughout the state. 

Lynda lives in Salida, Colorado, with her husband, writer-photographer Steve Voynick.