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On the Life of Linda J. Albertano book

On the Life of Linda J. Albertano

From Trauma to High Art

Biography, poetry, prose, and fascinating stories including Linda’s personal photo journal; and introducing Frank Lutz.

Discover the provocative works of Linda J. Albertano, who was named Poetry Diva, a title and honor presented to her by the City of Los Angeles, until her passing on September 13, 2022. Frank Lutz, Linda’s husband, best friend, and business partner remembers the night they met, and goes on the share the 55-year love story between him and his incredible wife, who overcame a traumatic childhood to become a successful poet, performance artist, musician, and activist.

On the Life of Linda J. Albertano features photos, memorabilia, images, and performance reviews from Linda’s personal journal. But most important is the collection of stories, poems, and provocative prose by both authors.

In the foreword, Suzanne Lummis, a poet, performance artist, and author, captivates us with her eloquent introduction of Linda. Later in the book, Suzanne introduces both her, Linda, and Laurel Ann Bogan, the founders of the popular female performance trio, Nearly Fatal Women with memories at Beyond Baroque. The book, which underwent extensive development, is now available in major bookstores.

For more information about Linda, visit her website at www.Lindajalbertano.com.

Frank Lutz, co-author
Foreword by Suzanne Lummis
Paperback, 221 pages, color photo journal
ISBN: 978-1-884743-10-8

Critical acclaim for Linda J. Albertano

Linda Albertano creates a peculiar personal montage of love and politics on both sides of the board… KCRW Santa Monica 

Linda Albertano in her own right managed to carve out a niche of her own… Los Angeles Times

Her work resembles songs, tiny pieces of modern love that cut like a knife… L.A. Weekly

On stage, Linda Albertano rivets with her astute observations of life on the edge. The Best of L.A.’s City Life

This time around, her smart-talking cabaret style performance was out there for all the see under the sky and sun, on the Santa Monica beach… Santa Monica Bay News.

Sexual and political power relations form Albertano’s stomping ground… The Wire (UK)

Her light transcended shape and form. That was her pathway! Cultural Daily

Linda Albertano has an unusually sophisticated stage sense for a performance artist working in the cabaret genre. High Performance Audio Magazine

Linda Albertano is the High Priestess of Power Politics… The Quarterly Literary Magazine

Prepare to be captivated by Linda J. Albertano’s long-awaited book, “On the Life…” which features her poetry, short stories, prose, and a captivating photo journal; alongside her husband Frank Lutz’s literary works, collected over the years. After Linda’s passing in 2022, Frank painstakingly gathers Linda’s work and presents his own distinctive narrative poetry and storytelling that he has amassed over the years. His keen imagination, rhythm and verse are the perfect condiments to Linda’s story, from trauma to high art… Tribela Magazine

Book summary

I truly believe that if Linda J. Albertano were alive today, she would be astonished by the beautiful book her husband Frank has compiled on her behalf. With her striking height of 6 feet 4 inches, Linda J. Albertano was a beautiful lady known for her sultry voice and a penchant for being articulate, brazen, and poetically sassy on any stage. As a performance,  literary artist and musician, she was disciplined in a multitude of personas and capacities.

Growing up in foster homes, Linda was bounced from one unhappy place to the next. She was forbidden to speak or have friends. At the age of 19, she was given $50 and a one-way ticket to California.  

But when Linda met Frank Lutz on a cold, rainy winter Monday night in Hollywood, everything changed. He was hitchhiking, and she gave him a ride and they were together for 55 years after this chance meeting. They both graduated with honors from UCLA and went on to Linda being named Poetry Diva by the City of Los Angeles.

Linda and Frank married twice and together, they forged an amazing life together as partners and lovers. Soon after, Linda discovered Frank’s talent as a narrative poet with an astounding imagination. But Frank was hard hit when Linda became ill in 2022. He felt anguish, grief and helpless when she told him, “Hankie, I think I may not make it.” Despair set in after doing all they could do medically, and today, he still grieves. The only relief he experiences is having conversations with Linda through two professional mediums in New York and Southern California. After much research on the topic of “After Life”, he finds it an extraordinary experience.

Dive into the life of Linda J. Albertano and experience Linda and Frank’s poetry, prose, and stories, including her personal photo album of selected works throughout her career. It’s hard to put the book down once you begin reading and you will experience sadness, happiness, audaciousness, laughter, and more from Linda and Frank.

Deborah Granger, Editor

Frank Lutz and Linda J. Albertano

Frank Lutz and Linda J. Albertano


Friends who endorsed Linda's work and made a significant impact on her life.


Laurel Ann Bogen, (Founding Member of Nearly Fatal Women, poet, and author)
Linda Albertano, a force of nature, a woman of integrity, a singular voice of unimpeachable honesty.  A goddess who rose from childhood trauma and created art that left audiences breathless.  She was my friend.  Always.

S.A. Griffin, poet, actor and Dadaist Supreme
A deeply compassionate and transformative performance artist and poet-writer, Linda J. Albertano was without peer.  It is impossible not to be touched by the magic of her boundless humanity and love for all.

Quentin Ring, Director, Beyond Baroque
Whether you knew Linda from her utterly original performance art, or from her Kora playing, or from hearing her read, or from simply spending time with her in conversation, she was always truly a poet.  She breathed life into language, and expanded our sense of what is possible.  She has left her poems as a gift to us all, and for that I am truly thankful.  They will continue to transform the imaginations of all of us who encounter them. 

Prince Diabate, Kora Master Guinea, West Africa.  (Translated from the French by Frank Lutz.)
For my Big Sister Linda J. Albertano, my advisor, my student, she was a Grand Lady, very special in my life.  I am composing your song, my sister Linda’s song in the Zone of the Spirit and with us.  Thank you very much, my Linda, from my heart, and with gratitude.  Your Kora instructor since 1999. Prince Diabate, is called in Africa as Kora Master

Anna Homler, poet and performance artist
She was an awe-inspiring presence, performance poet and film maker.  Linda was a great soul, larger than life and utterly brilliant.  She was infinitely kind and utterly brilliant.  Life will never be the same without her.  Dearest Linda, in your own words, “I will worship at your shrine, forever”. 

Taj Mahal, great Blues Artist
If there ever was a Creative, Very Feminine, Amazon Goddess of the sweetest nature & temperament that this or any other world has ever seen or known, it has to have been my dear musical friend, the late Linda “Albert” Albertano.

Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, leaders in the DaDa art movement
Linda Albertano was a one-of-a-kind artist and human being.  Her poetry and performance art was so earth-shatteringly original, it made us all aspire to raise the stakes of our own work.  But an artist is more than their art, and Linda was equally defined by her kindness, her humor, and her indefatigable support of other creators.  For many years, Linda has been a beloved member of our worldwide dada family, performing with us in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New Orleans, with original work, in a staged reading, embodying New York Dada legend Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven, and more.  We miss her daily, and thrive on the memory of our time together. 

Adam Leipzig, producer, director, stage, and performance art productions
She talked, she sang, she moved. She spoke poetry, changed costumes and characters. She had the capacity concentrate herself and expand herself into each situation. When she concentrated herself, her body reduced, became smaller and more vulnerable. This was part of her art, because in life she was taller than most everyone around. When she expanded, you could have sworn she was eight feet tall.

Coming Soon!

Available September 6, 2024

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On the Life of Linda J. Albertano book

After we’ve noted that Linda J. Albertano thrived in Los Angeles as a force of nature and fount of mischievous intelligence and performative creations; after we’ve remarked upon the ways she seemed always larger than life, as well as––at 6’4” –– taller than most; after we’ve marveled at her triumphant career in the edgiest art despite being silenced, abused and exploited in Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christian foster homes during much of her youth…

We must not omit this. She was funny….

Foreword by Suzanne Lummis
Frank Lutz, co-author
Paperback, 221 pages, color photo journal
ISBN: 978-1-884743-10-8

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