Sylvia Victor Linsteadt is a writer, artist, and certified animal tracker. From 2013 through early 2016, she ran a stories-in-the-mail business called Wild Talewort, in which she sent re-wilded myths and folktales rooted...
Sylvia Victor Linsteadt is a writer, artist, and certified animal tracker. From 2013 through early 2016, she ran a stories-in-the-mail business called Wild Talewort, in which she sent re-wilded myths and folktales rooted in the landscapes of California to the physical post-boxes of hundreds of subscribers around the world. These were truly old-fashioned letters, wax sealed and tied up with string, travelling as far as Tasmania to reach their readers. Projects included The Gray Fox Epistles, thirteen moons of retold folk and fairy tales set in the Bay Area, Elk Lines, a novel set in Point Reyes that retells the Handless Maiden story, and The Leveret Letters (Book One: The Wild Folk), a novel for middle grade readers set in a world very similar to the one in Tatterdemalion.
Her published books include The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and The Lost Worlds of the Bay Area (Heyday, Forthcoming 2017). Her short fiction has been published in New California Writing 2013, Dark Mountain, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Golden Key and Deathless Press. She has a regular column with Earthlines Magazine, and her creative nonfiction can also be found in Poecology, Dark Mountain, and News from Native California.
Sylvia’s story collection, The Gray Fox Epistles, won the James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation in Fall 2014. She has an Honours B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University.