Linda Kurtz Kingsley
Monterey, CA

Linda graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA in Illustration and an MA in Art Education. Her first job as art teacher at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf introduced her to the hearing impaired and that became a life long interest. After continuing her studies at Smith College, Gallaudet, San Jose State and Pennsylvania State Universities, Community College of Philadelphia, and Chapman University, she became an academic teacher of the deaf, Communication Handicapped Specialist, and Resource Specialist.

Linda has taught university level courses in Art Education and community college classes in American Sign Language and English as a Second Language as well as art classes on all levels. She was an interpreter in American Sign Language and a high school resource specialist for many years, where she worked with the migrant population. She is currently a free-lance author/ illustrator.

Linda resides close to the sea in Monterey, California with her husband. The beautiful locale is food for the soul and provides the background of many illustrations. She has two grown children, an artist son, a teacher daughter, and two grandchildren.

Published books include Blue Skies for Lupe, Teaching Art to the Deaf, Bringing Up Sophie, and Signs of Jays, the latter inspired by taking care of orphaned birds while teaching at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She is currently working on a mid-grade school novel, East Salinas Blues.

Linda is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Association of Resource Specialists, and the Arthritis Foundation.