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Lynda McKinney Lambert

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first snow– a chapbook –

30 wintry-themed poems.

Published by Finishing Line Press, January 3, 2020.

Lynda celebrates the winter season in her first chapbook.  this is the first of the 4 chapbooks she will have published – one for each season.

See it here!   Paperback and Hardback



Star Signs

New and Selected Poems

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© 2019 by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Lynda Lambert covers a wide terrain of subjects and topics in this new book, from lights to legends to seasons, treating us to images and metaphors about plants, people and weather. She opens this large collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet as it digs through thoughts, emotions and observations, “Using star signs to map out new terrain.”

Throughout this book of poems, these gems of poetic creation shimmer like beads on her fabric art, like bold brush strokes of color on her paintings, and reflect light like the gemstones on her prize-winning piece of mixed-media fiber artwork. It seems this entire collection is like a multifaceted mural.

Her attentiveness to nature and strong reflections from memory have woven from a collage of remnants a beautiful tapestry for us. It offers a wonderful feast for the eyes and the mind.

—Wesley D. Sims, author of Taste of Change

Painting in Mid-October
Autumn’s morning light revealed changes
Undermined the scarlet-red palette
Taking center stage on the painting
Undulating rain cast gray-violet hues
Misty diffusion brought a new perspective
Not anticipated yesterday
Aroused the softened brushstrokes
Layered over the primed canvas.
Dying is a careful arrangement
A graceful staged performance
Yellow leaves are faithful dancers
Spectacular choreography!

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Walking by Inner Vision

Stories & Poems

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© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert

In this second collection, Pennsylvania artist, teacher, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert invites readers into her world of profound sight loss to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world.

She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.

All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes.

Edited by David and Leonore H. Dvorkin
Cover by David Dvorkin

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Prologue on VisionAware Blog

The prologue of Linda’s book was posted on the VisionAware blog of the American Federation for the Blind. To read the blog post, click here.


Anthology Knits Life Through Poetry and Prose

Walking by Inner Vision was reviewed on the blog “Abbie’s Corner of the World.” To read the review, please click here.

A Touching and Creative Book

The depth of the author’s creativity brings together artistic mediums and presents them in a format inspired by the 12-month calendar and seasonal influences. She writes of the craft of writing and other visual arts with an understated ease. She foregoes pretentions and her voice is clear and concise from the first line to the last.

Lambert begins with winter, which she presents as a rebirth, of nature’s awakening. She recalls how the crispness of fresh snow reminds her of other childhood sensations.

From the winter, the musings and prose continue on to the spring, then summer, highlighting the personal and spiritual accents of which she finds inspiring.

In one poignant story, she describes a spiritual comforting as her daughter lies in the hospital fighting for her life. In this essay, Lambert expresses feeling helpless but also hopeful.

In another section, she shares her creative process, which, as a writer, I found fascinating.

This unique and varied collection can be read at one’s leisure, something to keep on the coffee table or by the bedside for those times when a little inspiration and comfort is sought. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for gift giving season for any creative individual.

Anne Chiappetta, author of Upwelling: Poems

Reader Comment

We are all blessed that your gift of light can be spread easily with the help of the special equipment you get to use! I got the book the first day it was available in print 🙂 and I have been touched by everything I have read so far. It is unreal how memories expressed through words so exquisite will artfully weave themselves into your reader’s mind and go all the way to the roots to make our own forgotten memories spring up with new life!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for writing and publishing for us.

— Kriszta

Award and Publication News


5/29/19  I won the TRIPLE CROWN TODAY!!!

My book Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems is now on  AUDIBLE.  Amazon.

Listen to sample   Click here.

5-star reviews – THANK YOU!


I learned early this morning that my essay “How to Write a 12th Century Sestina for the 21st Century” has won First Place in poetry; my essay “The Connie” has won 2nd place for a non-fiction essay; and my poem “In My Dream” will be published in the Spring/Summer Issue of Magnets & Ladders magazine.

Award Nomination


“Congratulations! We are thrilled to inform you that your essay ‘Prologue: in which I Knit a Life Back Together,’ published in the September 2016 issue of Spirit Fire Review, has been nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology Awards, 2016-2017.”

The piece is the “Prologue” in my new book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, published in February 2017.


Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage  

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.
Stories and Poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Lynda’s first published book

Kota Press

Poems & Artwork © 2002  by Lynda McKinney Lambert

This book is the beginning of her theme of PILGRIMAGE – written over a period of years as Lynda traveled and taught each summer in Salzburg, Austria.  The book features poems, journal entries, notes, and historical information collected as Lynda traveled. Award-winning poetry.

The original book is now “out of print,” yet it still appears for sale on Amazon at times, and Lynda is currently working on an updated and revised version of it – for publication in 2021.

About the Author

Lynda Lambert

Lynda McKinney Lambert
Visual Artist, Author, Educator, Blogger

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
—Helen Keller

In her first book_

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage (Kota Press, 2002.  Begin a pilgrimage  journey  with Lynda. In this first book she introduces the discovery of  pursuing a life-long  adventure through her poems, essays, and journal notations. Book features some of Lynda’s sketches from her notebooks.

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems continues the pilgrimage as she gives readers a glimpse into a private world of limited sight. Lynda suddenly lost most of her eyesight in 2007. However, it is not a world of lost vision, imagination, or insight.

Lynda’s themes  are found in history, fine arts, landscape, passage of time, and literature.

A pilgrimage is an individual path for each person. Yet it is also a universal passage. Just about everything in our shared human experience requires adaptation and adjustment to change. We can revise!

Lynda McKinney Lambert holds a BFA degree in painting and an MA degree in English from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA degree in painting from West Virginia University. She is now retired as a professor of fine arts and humanities at Geneva College in western Pennsylvania.


Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage

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Contact Information


Lynda McKinney Lambert
Ellwood City, PA

Lynda’s Official Author’s website, Walking by Inner Vision:  Click here.

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