Joan Murray

b. 1945
Joan Murray

Joan Murray was born in New York City and lives in upstate New York. She is the author of several collections of poetry. Working in free verse, Murray is a master of the single, unforgettable detail. Her accessible, image-driven narratives harness the urgency of their moral or social context while staying true to the pacing and music of daily life. Of the role poetry can play in times of challenge, Murray stated, in a 2002 Bloomsbury Review interview, “Sometimes [poetry] holds your hand to the fire—but, even so, it holds your hand.”

Poems

What People are Saying

"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion