Joe Linker

Working on early draft of Penina’s Letters, circa 1975.

The Coming of the Toads is written by Joe Linker

I attended El Camino College and California State University at Dominguez Hills, completing a BA in English, with a minor in 20th Century Thought and Expression, and an MA in English, while putting in six years in the Army California National Guard (Wheeled and Track Vehicle Mechanic). Two decades of adjunct work (Portland Community College, Warner Pacific University) bookend 25 years in what Han-shan called the “red dust” of business (CPCU, 1992). I was a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, Summer 2012. I was poetry editor for Queen Mob’s Teahouse from March 2019 until early 2020, then Letters and Essays editor until June.

I’ve written and published a few books and writings appearing outside The Coming of the Toads: