Linda Murphy Marshall is a multi-linguist and writer with a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The Catamaran Literary Reader, The Ocotillo Review, Maryland Literary Review, Under the Gum Tree, Critical Read, American Writers Review, Bacopa Literary Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Sip Cup, Hobo Camp Review, and elsewhere. She was runner-up in the 2021 Blue Earth Review Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest. In addition, she is a docent at the Library of Congress, served as Translation Editor at the Los Angeles Review, and is a Trustee at the National Museum of Language.
In her work as an African language specialist, she co-authored a book on Xhosa, a South African “click” language, and acted as a consultant on another book on another South African “click” language, Sotho. In addition, she made over a dozen work trips to the continent of Africa and has been to every continent but Antarctica.
She is currently a reader for Fourth Genre, and her memoir: Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery was published in 2022. A second memoir, Through the Windows of Words: A Memoir is in the final stages of editing.
An amateur artist, her paintings have been featured in shows at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation (Virginia), and the Columbia Art Center (Maryland). Her painting “Mirror Mirror” was featured on the cover of Adanna Literary Journal, and her painting “All That Jazz” was featured in the literary journal Jerry Jazz Musician.
In addition, Dr. Marshall is a lifelong award-winning classical pianist and, as an adolescent, played on the local public radio station in her hometown, St. Louis.