Lynda Smith Hoggan has been a professional gift shop duster, bra strap counter, playground instructor, army base secretary, garment district house model, east coast ghet-toe English teacher, barmaid, go-go dancer, technical writer, sex educator, west coast barrio health teacher, college professor, as well as an amateur martini taster.
At age six she debuted her first poem, titled, “Her face was the color of peaches and cream, with strawberry juice in between.” Fortunately, she improved enough to win her high school’s poetry award and since then has published an array that includes poems and newspaper articles, sexuality columns and newsletters, and academic journal articles. Currently she is working on Licking the Spoon, a book that explores the mysteries of our human appetites for food, sex and love.
Lynda’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA. Currently she teaches Health and Human Sexuality at the college level.
Lynda enjoys reading literary fiction by the fire, dancing to old-school R&B in a funky club, watching film noir with some popcorn and the doors locked, hanging out in the kitchen making chili while sharing a glass of wine with some friends and family, taking long bubble baths, laughing with her girlfriends around a campfire, sleeping in a tent with her lover’s arm around her amid the sweet sounds of owls and coyotes, drinking cafe au lait in the morning, feeling the sun on her skin, and remembering to appreciate nature’s bounty. Among other things.