Lyndon Back is a writer, and independent researcher. She received a B.A. in history from SUNY Oneonta, and a master in public admnistration from SUNY, Albany. She holds a CELTA/TESOL Certificate from the School of International Training, and a certificate of competency in Serbo-Croatian from the Azbukum Language School in Novi Sad, Serbia.
During the war years, from 1997 to 2000, Lyndon traveled, lived, and worked in the former Yugoslavia. She volunteered with the Balkan Peace Teams in 1998-1999, working in Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia before, during and after the NATO bombing. A memoir of her experiences, Treading Water at the Shark Cafe, was published in July of 2018 by Open Books Press.
Other publications include her Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark, published in 2007. In 2008 she received a grant from the Lyman Fund to continue her research in Poland. A Service of Love in Wartime, Nowy Dziennik, and The Quaker Mission in Poland: Relief, Reconstruction, and Religion, Quaker History, vol. 101, Fall 2012 followed .
Her experiences in the former Yugoslavia continue to influence her writing. She has published articles and poems in Friends Journal, including George Fox and the Gnostic Gospels, A Quaker’s Quest in Poland, and A Young Soldier Back from Iraq. Her short stories, Balloon Head, and After the War, Notes from a Balkan Journey, appeared in Forge, and Gemini magazines.
Former director of planned giving at the American Friends Service Committee, Lyndon also served as program coordinator for Refugee Resettlement at Lutheran Children and Family Services after her return to the U.S. in 2001. She taught English as a Second Language at Delaware Valley Literacy Council, and Harcum College. An independent researcher, Lyndon has worked as a consultant for the American Friends Service Committee archives, and served as clerk of membership for the American Friends Service Committee Nobel Peace Prize Committee.