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

"Poetry Out Loud has taught me not to give up after one mistake. Or two mistakes. Or a few mistakes. It has taught me not to sell myself short, but also to love every unique perspective I come across. People, like poetry, cannot be read once and immediately
understood."
Addi Garner
2017 WA POL Champion