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Emma Lou Thayne
Emma Lou Thayne has written thirteen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and travel stories. She has been widely anthologized and has published internationally on kinship and peace among people and nations. She has been active in encouraging public attention to mental health, spirituality, and the advancement of women. Her words to the hymn “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” have been translated into dozens of languages as has her chatbook of poems about war and the environment, How Much for the Earth? (1983). She has been married to Mel Thayne for fifty-three years, has five daughters and sons-in-law, nineteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Emma Lou taught English and was the women’s tennis coach at the University of Utah, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2000. The Emma Lou Thayne Community Service Center is a source of great joy as it provides students and faculty at Salt Lake Community College with broad opportunities to serve. [from Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, 113]

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Also Known As Emma Lou W. Thayne; Emma Lou Thane
Religion Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Birth Date October 22, 1924
Birth Place Salt Lake City, UT
Parents Father: Homer C. Warner (automobile dealer)
Mother: Grace Warner (an artist; maiden name Richards)
Spouse Melvin E. Thayne (real estate broker), married December 27, 1949.
Children Five daughters: Becky (Mrs. Paul Markosian), Rinda (Mrs. James Kilgore), Shelley (Mrs. Paul Rich), Diane, Megan.
Education University of Utah, B.A. in English, 1945.
University of Utah, M.A. in Creative Writing, 1970.
Career University of Utah, part-time Associate Instructor, Department of English and Division of Continuing Education, 1946-1976.
University of Utah, part-time Religion Instructor, Institute of Religion, 1983-1985.
Universtiy of Utah, Head Coach for Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Team, 1966-71.
Murray High School, Murray, UT, English teacher, 1950-1951.
Olympus Jr. High, Salt Lake City, UT, English teacher, 1949-1950.
Affiliations University of Utah Alumni
Awards Association for Mormon Letters award for poetry, 1985 (for How Much for the Earth?).
Best Book of Poems award, 1980, and Association for Mormon Letters award for poetry, 1982 (for Once in Israel).
University of Utah, Distinguished Alumna Award.
Brigham Young University, David O. McKay Humanities Award.
Personal Statement Emma Lou Thayne writes: "Out of a background of mountain living in a comradely athletic-aesthetic family has come the major part of my writing. Philosophically and culturally attached to Mormondom . . . I have inadvertantly become a spokeswoman for the moderate Mormon woman . . . my writing deals with the dichotomies, frustrations, pleasures and harmonies tangled in the dailiness of expecting more than dogma and ritual in being a woman."
From the Thayne Community Service Center, Salt Lake Community College: "Emma Lou Thayne is a peacemaker, she cares deeply about people. Whether writing of love or loss, triumph or suffering, Emma Lou sees the extraordinary in the ordinary, she recognizes dignity in daily experience, and she magnifies moments that many would allow to pass without recognition. Emma Lou Thayne is a poet, and her poems celebrate connections."
Other Biographical Information Board of Directors, Deseret News, 1977-
Board of Directors, Utah Arts Council.
Board of Directors, Utah Endowment for the Humanities.
Board of Directors, Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association.
Nationally ranked Senior Women's Singles and Doubles tennis player.

Works by Emma Lou Thayne
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The Guilty Film
Clarice Short: Earthy Academic1994Biography / Memoir
It's About God 2000Letter
Where Can I Turn For Peace?1985Music Lyrics
A Woman's Place1977Novel
Never Past the Gate1975Novel
On Slim Unaccountable Bones: Poems1974Novel
The Place of Knowing2004Personal Essay
The Gift1999Personal Essay
Purple Scars for Mary Jane1999Personal Essay
All God's Critters Got A Place in the Choir 1995Personal Essay Collection
A Great Sea of Support1992Personal Essay
As for Me and My House1989Personal Essay
Just On Time Is All1987Personal Essay
Applause1986Personal Essay
The Landing1986Personal Essay
Models and Heroes1986Personal Essay
An Understanding Heart1986Personal Essay
Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet1985Personal Essay
To Be Or Not To Be - That is the Question1985Personal Essay
What Time Is It?1985Personal Essay
Time for the Inner Music1984Personal Essay
Confessions of a Once Neurotic Mormon1983Personal Essay
East and West: The Landing1983Personal Essay
Chiaroscuro1982Personal Essay
The Getting TherePersonal Essay
Let Me Count the Why's Personal Essay
Millenial Light2000Poetry
Plenty: A Morning Poem at 752000Poetry
Grandma Comes for Me1999Poetry
About a Dead Friend1991Poetry
Awaiting Siberian Silence1991Poetry
Baby Horse Birthday1991Poetry
Christmas Vigil of Mothers at the Gates of the Pershing Missile Site, Mutlangen, Germany1991Poetry
Come to Pass1991Poetry
Coming Up on Lake Powell1991Poetry
For My Child in Pain1991Poetry
Galloping Through Your Own Backyard1991Poetry
I am Delighted1991Poetry
Interlude on the Trans-Siberian Railway1991Poetry
In the Cemetery of Heroes: The Morning After Bucharest1991Poetry
Journal Impressions1991Poetry
Last Child Going to Bed1991Poetry
Legend: The Map of the World1991Poetry
Margaret at 94 Refuses a Retirement Center1991Poetry
Meditations on the Heavens1991Poetry
Morning is My Time1991Poetry
Nurse Log1991Poetry
One to Get Ready1991Poetry
On the Birth of My 11th Grandson as American Troops Amass 8,000 Miles Away1991Poetry
Planting Wildflowers in September at the Cabin1991Poetry
Remembering Five Daughters Grown Out of Home in Utah1991Poetry
Sailing at 54 with a Big Brother1991Poetry
Speak for Reverence for Being1991Poetry
Things Happen1991Poetry
Things Happen: Poems of Survival1991Poetry Collection
The Tree Comes Down1991Poetry
When I Died1991Poetry
Woman of Another World, I am with You1991Poetry
You Heal1991Poetry
Considering--the End1989Poetry
There is in Children1989Poetry
To a Daughter about to Become a Missionary1989Poetry
Where Can I Turn for Peace?1989Poetry
Woman of Another World, I Am with You1989Poetry
Meditations on the Heavens1987Poetry
About Differences1986Poetry
The Candy Palace1985Poetry
A Romantic Poem for the Night Before Turning Fifty-Six1985Poetry
Born Again1984Poetry
Chopping Wood at the Cabin1984Poetry
How Much for the Earth? A Suite of Poems: About Time for Considering1983Poetry Collection
The Dancer and I1981Poetry
Old Woman Driving1981Poetry
Once In Israel1980Poetry Collection
Love Song at the End of Summer1979Poetry
The Question of Old Trees1979Poetry
To the Bedouin Woman1979Poetry
Until Another Day for Butterflies1978Poetry Collection
Late Waiting1977Poetry
Here I Love You1975Poetry
Mother, December 23rd1975Poetry
With Love, Mother1975Poetry Collection
First Loss1974Poetry
On Slim Unaccountable Bones1974Poetry
Pruning the Sage1974Poetry
Sunday School Picture1974Poetry
And He Became1973Poetry
Spaces in the Sage1971Poetry Collection
Bedouin LullabyPoetry
The Catfight and What Matters MostPoetry
For Mt. AirPoetry
For My Child in PainPoetry
From the Uninformed NaturalistPoetry
Glen Campbell at Harrah'sPoetry
One to Get ReadyPoetry
To Blush UnseenPoetry
You HealPoetry
The Matchup: A Christmas for the New Year1997Short Story
The Rose JarShort Story
Introduction of Laurel Thather Ulrich: Association of Mormon Letters Visiting Scholar LectureSpeech

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