Linda Goodman

Featured Teller:
Culpeper Tells 2014

Linda Goodman, a Virginia Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarnspinner. She began writing her own stories while she was in elementary school and continues to be a prolific writer to this day. In November 1988, while she was living in Enfield, Connecticut, she rediscovered the “oral tradition” while attending the first annual Tellabration! ™.  She has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout the country with her original stories, traditional tales, and monologues ever since.

“I was born into a culture that is fading away. I feel an obligation to keep that culture alive in my stories,” she enthuses.  “I also feel an obligation to people my stories with Southern Appalachian characters of intelligence and integrity. This country has a stereotype of a Southerner who is slow and unintelligent.  My stories seek to dispel that stereotype.”

Her works are known for their “Southern Appalachian” flavor, and her CDs, Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins, have received glowing reviews and have been aired on several NPR programs. Her one-woman show, Daughters of the Appalachians, was published in book form in 1999 and has since been performed as a play by casts from theaters in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

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