Vicki Lindner is a writer, teacher, and world traveler, who began writing professionally for New Jersey newspapers at sixteen. After graduating from Bard (BA) and Sarah Lawrence College (MA), she began writing fiction, then nonfiction about her journeys to 39 countries, often alone, teaching, the writing process, family, politics, nature, cooking, ghost towns, medical malpractice, and life in the Rocky Mountain West. She has published a novel, Outlaw Games, (Dial Press), and dozens of personal essays and short stories in literary journals, popular magazines, and anthologies.
As a freelance writer she wrote opinion pieces, countless articles, and collaborated on books about beauty and massage. With a psychotherapist she co-authored Unbalanced Accounts: Why Women are Afraid of Money, (Atlantic Monthly Press, Viking Penguin, Allworth and Skyhorse Press) about women’s psychological relationship to money, which was praised in The Wall Street Journal, and featured in Glamour, Redbook, and on television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has won a National Endowment for the Arts fiction Fellowship, two New York State fellowships for fiction, and two Wyoming fellowships for creative nonfiction, numerous residency awards, and a PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Prize. After years of examining her own past, Black history and literature, as well as the meaning of whiteness in a racist culture, she recently completed Baby, It’s You, a ‘sixties memoir about her taboo four-year love relationship with a Black track star, beginning in their New Jersey high school.
A New Yorker, who moved to Wyoming to teach in the rural state’s only university, she now lives on Capitol Hill in Denver with her long-time companion, Richard Jacobi. She has taught children and adults and private clients in the Ossining Correctional Facility, to MFA and Undergraduate students at the University of Wyoming, and has been an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop for 12 years, often focusing on classes in the short memoir, interiority and self-examination. She practices Iyengar Yoga, studies Jungian psychology, and serves as an adviser for Writing for Peace. She is a longtime member of PEN America and Boulder Media Women.