Emma Lou Thayne is a Mormon poet, counted as one of the 75 most significant.
She graduated from the University of Utah in 1945. She would later return there to coach tennis and teach English. She was on the faculty over 30 years.
- Spaces in the Sage (1971) poetry collection
- On Slim Unaccountable Bones: Poems (1974) novel
- Never Past the Gate (1975) novel
- With Love, Mother (1975) poetry collection
- A Woman's Place (1977) novel
- Until Another Day for Butterflies (1978) poetry collection
- Once In Israel (1980) poetry collection
- How Much for the Earth? A Suite of Poems: About Time for Considering (1983) poetry collection
- "Where Can I Turn For Peace?" (1985) hymn
- Things Happen: Poems of Survival (1991) poetry collection
- Clarice Short: Earthy Academic (1994) biography/memoir
- All God's Critters Got A Place in the Choir (1995) personal essay collection with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich