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Linda Chase (1941 - 2011)

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  • Linda Chase grew up on Long Island, New York and was educated at Bennington College in Vermont. She later did an MA in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. In between, she was a stage costume designer in San Francisco and Edinburgh, and a Tai Chi teacher, later specialising in Tai Chi for special needs. She lived in Manchester where she set up the Manchester branch of the Poetry School and was the founding Director of Poets and Players, a series of poetry and music performances. Linda Chase died in April 2011.
    Praise for Linda Chase (1941 - 2011) 'Poems that are punchy, direct, moving, but unsentimental...These are poems to admire and return to. A talent to watch.'
    R.V. Bailey. 
    'Her poems are powerful and mature, sensual and acerbic...Alongside this unobtrusive, technical skill Linda Chase's poetry also has three other important qualities: a directness that neither evades nor titillates; a curiosity that investigates and interrogates the what-ifs of the human psyche and a wit that made me laugh out loud.'
    James Sale, Tears in the Fence.
    'Linda Chase has a mature voice, encompassing the weight of experience as well as intensity of feeling...She has a laid-back, conversational style, which can contain a complex and much darker reality...I like Chase's poems for their honesty, their warmth and their wry sense of humour.'
    Ambit magazine.
    'The Wedding Spy is a lucid, intelligent collection that doodles with traditional form and which scopes the poet's own life.'
    Vic Allen, North magazine.
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