Linda Ravenswood was born in Los Angeles, California. She has English, Irish, Czech, Danish, Native American (Wampanoag) and other ancestry. She is a descendant of the Mayflower adventurer Stephen Hopkins. She holds a BFA from (CalArts) and an MA from Mount Saint Mary's College. She has lived extensively in the US, Ireland and the UK.
Her father, Oscar Montano, was a well known barman, semi-pro golfer, and raconteur in Burbank, California. Born in Baja California, his nightclub Sardo's, was a hangout and unofficial club house for the NBC Studios, whose headquarters were around the corner. Her mother, Marianne McKee, is an executive secretary and chief of staff for national and international corporations (including JPL, NME, Leisure Technology, and Braun and Co.) Her career in business spans six decades.
In her twenties, she lived in Ireland with her husband, the songwriter and music interpreter/musicologist Garrison White, where she continued to write. Taught by Meredith Monk, Karen Finley, and Charlie Haden, her practice includes allusion to memory and lineage. She now lives in Los Angeles.
Writing poetry from age ten, she was first published by the Irish imprint Interaction Publications (Flaming Arrows, Ed. Leo Regan) in Sligo, in 1994. She had steady appearances in reviews such as The University of Salzburg Press (2009), The Wilshire Review (Ed. R. Sam Deese, Boston University, 1999) The Hamilton Stone Review (2010), BLAZEVOX Books (2011), and Underground Voices. Ravenswood's writing has been featured in more than 30 print journals and online sites.
Her books include Hymnal (Mouthfeel Press, 2012), The Frankenstein Prophecies (with Robert Romanyshyn, forthcoming 2017), Linda Ravenswood Collected Works 2000-2016, An Assembly of Performance Texts (forthcoming 2017), Gallery Tally (LACMA Press, 2017), Llano del Rio Performance Texts (forthcoming 2018), Near Kin (Sybaritic Press, 2014), MUDSLINGER (with Charles Linder, Gallery 16, San Francisco, 2013), and The Best of Lines + Stars (2010).
Her live poetry performance has been commissioned for The Broad, Google, AWP Pen USA, and The Bootleg Theatre.
Called a 'quintessential L.A. artist', she has appeared with Eloise Klein Healy, Azam Ali, Viggo Mortensen, S.A. Griffin and Shane MacGowan. She is a frequent collaborator with Gina Young (REDCAT, Highways, USC Visions and Voices, The Hammer Museum), Charles Linder, Kristina Wong, and METRO, The Metropolitan Transit Authority. She is a fellow at The Women's Centre for Creative Work.