Linda M. Hasselstrom received her bachelor's degree in English and journalism from the University of South Dakota in 1965 and her master's degree from the University of Missouri in 1969. She then taught communications at Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D. She also taught poetry and fiction as a writer-in-schools for the South Dakota Arts Council. An accomplished author and poet, Hasselstrom founded Lame Johnny Press with the goal of publishing the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works of writers in the Great Plains states. The press published 23 books before it closed down in 1985. Hasselstrom was named "Author of the Year" by the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1989. Some of her books include Windbreak; The Book Book: A Publishing Handbook; Roadkill; and Going Over East--Reflections of a Woman Rancher, which won the Fullcrum American Writing Award in 1987. Linda Hasselstrom runs the family ranch in South Dakota and teaches freshman English at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.