A Guest on Earth: The Life and Poetry of Joy Bale Boone, Kentucky Poet Laureate 1997 - 1999

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Joy maintained a liberal acceptance with her children, with her friends, with writers, even in politics. She was a real American in this respect. The American way is not a narrow way; it is a broad way. She was able to live in harmony with people who were very different from her.--Wade Hall, Friend and Poet

Joy's contribution to Kentucky literature is immeasurable. Writer, patron, promoter, editor, poet she's all those things. She was always an encourager of people who write poetry.--Mary Ellen Miller, Friend and Poet

I appreciate Joy's sense of humor. There is a wonderful spontaneity about Joy Bale Boone. She often says unexpected things, and I find that very endearing, especially in academic circles where too often people say the expected thing and the proper thing and the wholly rational thing. I am one of her admirers.--Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate 1999 - 2001

She is not a businesswoman, she is not a bank executive, she is not a university professor. What she has made a career of is doing things that have made other people aware of the value of words, of language, of perception, if you will. She once said, 'I am saying what I think as well as I can put it in the language that I cherish.' And that is a remarkable commitment, one that I have always found extremely appealing about Joy.--Ray Betts, Friend and Scholar

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Loretta Martin Murrey is an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University. She earned a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Southern American literature from the University of Kentucky in 1991. A founding member of Joy Bale Boone's Rain Stick Poets, she researched and co-produced the documentary A Woman Named Joy in 1997. She has edited twenty-three issues of the oral history publication Broomsedge Chronicles, based on student interviews with people in south central Kentucky. With her ninety-year-old father, Eugene Martin, she writes a weekly oral history column for The Glasgow Daily Times. She lives with her husband, Harrell, on the family farm in Barren County, Kentucky, right between the home of her father and the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Ben Lawrence.

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