Linda Heuring participated in a reading from Kestrel writers and participated in a panel on Listening to Your Characters and Using Jazz Techniques to Enhance Your Writing with Alison Ruth and Kevin Lichty at the Other Words Literary Conference in November 2015.

In August 2015 Linda Heuring introduced Nancy Takacs at a Pike’s Bay Marina (Bayfield, Wisconsin) reading and book signing for her new collection, Blue Patina, and participated in a poetry workshop led by Takacs.

“Breaking Point, a short story and finalist for the 2014 Rash Award in Fiction, was published in Broad River Review on July 3, 2015.

Linda Heuring conducted a fiction writing workshop at Karen Templeton Studios in Helper, Utah, on March 26, 2015

“Bordering on Sainthood” has been reprinted by

“Roommates” has been reprinted by


Other Words Literary Conference

November 2016

Linda Heuring was one of the readers for Kestrel at the Other Words Literary Conference at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.  She read “Chaperone for Cousin Katie,” one of the stories from her upcoming story collection A Woman Walked into the Bar.

Heuring Reviews Blue Patina in Kestrel

“Odyssey of the Senses,” Linda Heuring’s review of Blue Patina by Nancy Takacs, is now out in Kestrel 2015, Transformations & Teachable Moments.

Crack the Spine Interview, Story

October 23, 2015

Crack the Spine has posted an interview with Linda Heuring for its Wordsmith series. Read it here:

“Little Mister,” a short story, is now out in Crack the Spine.  Read it here:

Upcoming Appearances

February 2017

Book Signing:

    February 9,  1-3 p.m.

    February 11, 9-11 a.m.

Kestrel Table 941

AWP Conference

Washington, D.C.

Heuring Wins Rash Award in Fiction for 2016

January 23, 2017

Garner-Webb University announced today Linda Heuring’s short story “Red Light, Green Light” has won the Rash Award in Fiction for 2016.  The story of twin sisters reuniting in a flood-ravaged Midwest will be published in the 2017 edition of Broad River Review.

A Woman Walked into the Bar

    The short story collection, A Woman Walked into the Bar, was just published by All Nations Press.  It’s available in print, in iBooks and for Kindle. 



Launch Party

February 19, 2017

Tom Turner provides the introduction at the
Pre-Release Launch Party for A Woman Walked into the Bar at the River Chase Clubhouse in Evans, Georgia (l).  Heuring reads from the upcoming collection (r).

About the Book...

   From a Caribbean resort for the generously-figured to rivers and bayous that hold secrets or become escape routes into and out of relationships, the characters in these stories worm their way into your psyche.  They don’t always do the right (or legal) thing, but they act for the right reasons.

Book Signing at AWP in Washington D.C.

February 9, 11

Linda Heuring signed advance copies of A Woman Walked into the Bar at the Assosciation of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington D.C.

Crack the Spine Anthology

October 26, 2016

Crack the Spine Anthology XIV, which includes Linda Heuring’s short story “Little Mister” is now available in bookstores. 

Broad River Review 2016 Issue Available

June 30, 2016

The 2016 issue of Broad River Review 2016 is now available.  Linda Heuring’s short story, “CTA Walkabout,” begins on page 116.  “CTA Walkabout” was a finalist for the Rash Award in Fiction for 2015. 

Just Out in Ireland - Crannog

October 2015

“Until There’s Not,” a short story, has now been published in the  Irish magazine Crannog. The issue launched October 30 at The Crane Bar in Galway, Ireland. 

All copy and photos copyright 2018 by Linda Heuring except as noted. 

Buzz at The Buzz

April 20, 2017

The buzz at The Buzz Cafe in Oak Park on Thursday, April 20, was a reading and book signing event for Linda Heuring.  She read from A Woman Walked into the Bar and answered questions and signed books. 

Rosebud Chooses

Story for Issue 63

Rosebud Editor Roderick Clark has chosen the short story “A Woman Walked into the Bar” for reprint in the next issue of Rosebud Magazine.

New Pages has chosen A Woman Walked into the Bar as an Editor’s Pick for new books from independent and university presses.  Follow the link to the New Pages website:

Check out DePauw University’s story on A Woman Walked into the Bar:

The Northwest Herald’s May 14, 2017, Author Spotlight featured Linda Heuring:

Burrow Press just reprinted “Nibbling at the Bloodstains” in its online magazine Fantastic Floridas.

Rash Award-Winning Story, “Red Light, Green Light”

Published by Broad River Review -- July 2017

Contest judge, Alan Michael Parker, had this to say about the story:  “A tale of twins, and a relationship built upon assumption and myopia, this beautifully written story manages to be about people in extremis — the flooded Mississippi, a flotilla of rescuers, a church turned into a post office, a plague of frogs, and a wedding — all without losing sight of the characters.  That’s an enormous accomplishment:  despite so much misfortune, and the distractions of so much atmosphere, the writer nonetheless keeps us caring about who the characters are, rather than what’s happening to them.  In sizzling sentences punctuated with a bravura sense of dialogue, ‘Red Light, Green Light’ reads like an Alice Munro cast of characters floating through a Cormac McCarthy setting.”

The Evansville Courier

Spotlights Upcoming Reading

at Bell Road Library, Newburgh, Indiana  

A Woman Walked into the Bar by Linda H Heuring

Browser review: vivid short stories filled with strong, eccentric female characters

Brian Maye

Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 00:00

Character creation, vivid scene-setting, humour and authentic dialogue are some of the strengths of this excellent short story collection. The title story features two women characters, one a destructive drunk, the other the terrified student bargirl who is the narrator. Breaking Point also features two women in a shocking story reminiscent of Southern Gothic. Strong, eccentric female characters feature in many of the stories, such as the arborist who accidentally kills her straying son-in-law while trying to teach him a lesson (Nibbling at the Bloodstains), or the surgeon, an expert in gunshot wounds, who is kidnapped on a Caribbean island holiday to operate on a gang leader, while the police interrogate her husband, a detective-story writer, for her murder (Victim of Circumstance). Of the many moving stories, none is more so than What Liza Saw with its brave wife who gives birth to a disabled baby, her brutal abusive husband, the wife’s good friend and the caring, humane doctor.

The Irish Times Reviews

A Woman Walked into the Bar

Short Story Writing Workshop

Linda Heuring conducted a short-story writing workshop August 25 at the Bayfield Carnegie Library in Bayfield, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.

Bell Road Library Reading Newburgh, Indiana

September 9, 2017

A Woman Walked into the Bar is dedicated in part to Shirley Jean Nix.  As an English teacher at Castle High School, she encouraged Heuring to continue to write. 

Linda Heuring

Photo by Whatley

Jean Nix  and Linda Heuring

Photo by Jeanie Lutz

The essay “Coming Home for Christmas” has just been published in the Christmas issue of Ideals magazine.  It’s available in book stores everywhere and in the usual online book outlets. 

Watch Heuring Read “Nibbling at the Bloodstains”

from A Woman Walked into the Bar at the Waterline Writers event

in Batavia, Illinois, September 17, 2017

Guest Appearance on “Read with Me” on Public Radio

     is available online at

You can listen to the interview using the “listen” button.  WNIJ also posted a video of Heuring reading “Little Mister” in the studio. 


“A Woman Walked into the Bar”

is featured in the latest issue of  Rosebud 

Find it wherever books are sold or order from the magazine


My reading of “Until There’s Not” at the Waterline Writers event on March 18, 2018, is available on video: