Linda Bamber is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is also a Professor of English at Tufts University, where she teaches courses on women’s literature, American poetry, and, of course, Shakespeare. Her recent fiction collection, Taking What I Like (David R. Godine), includes re-inventions of six Shakespeare plays, a riff on Jane Eyre, and a fictional look at the work of Thomas Eakins. Her poetry collection, Metropolitan Tang, is also from Godine. Widely reprinted and anthologized, her critical book on Shakespeare, Comic Women, Tragic Men: Gender and Genre in Shakespeare, was published by Stanford University Press.

The daughter of a Foreign Service Officer, Bamber grew up in Washington, D.C., Paris, Athens and elsewhere. She returned to the United States to attend Vassar College and Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; after a brief stint teaching at a Philadelphia dance academy she returned to academia and earned her Ph.D. at Tufts.

Bamber has published widely in periodicals such as The Harvard Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, Raritan, and Tikkun. Her love for sailing found expression in a story based on Bernard Moitessier, who sailed around the world non-stop single-handed in 1968 (“The Miracle of My Freedom” in The Kenyon Review, Spring 2013). She is currently writing a novella based on the cross-country expedition of Lewis and Clark.