Linda E. Goodliffe

About Me

My background

I grew up in New Jersey about twenty miles west of Manhattan, so I'm a pizza snob. I've lived on both coasts of the United States, served in the United States Navy, and I am now settled in North Carolina.

My writing roots

What I wanted to do with my life was to become an oceanographer who explored the deepest parts of our oceans. Poet was not the plan! I wish I could say that I've always wanted to be a poet who has spent my life reading all the best poetry written in the English language, but that's not my story. Because of this, I feel like I'm always trying to catch up to other poets.


Writing was, and continues to be, a calling, and poetry is an unexpected gift from the divine.


I am grateful to have a bachelor's degree in English/Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and a Master's of Fine Arts in Poetry, which is also from Queens.

My writing

I am drawn to formal poetry that uses all the usual poetic devices, but I seem to be most drawn to the use of repetition. Despite feeling safe while writing in certain forms, I am always looking for ways to evolve as a poet and leave behind what is comfortable. If I'm not terrifying myself, I'm not growing. 


Though my focus is poetry, I write everything; creative nonfiction, screenplays, fiction, and snail mail letters to my 99 year old aunt.