Emma Lou Thayne
Thayne graduated from the University of Utah in 1945. She would later return there to coach tennis and teach English. In the late 1960s, she completed a master's degree at the University of Utah. She was on the faculty over 30 years. In 1949, she married Mel Thayne; they became the parents of five daughters.
Although Thayne worked primarily as a poet, she also wrote novels. Her first novel was Never Past the Gate, which was inspired by her summers growing up in Mount Aire Canyon. Thayne also served on the board directors for Deseret News. She was also a contributor to such magazines as Network, a woman's magazine based in Salt Lake City, Exponent II and Utah Holiday. At age 90, she died in Salt Lake City on December 6, 2014.
Thayne wrote the words to the hymn "Where Can I Turn for Peace".
- Distinguished Alumna, University of Utah
- David O. McKay Humanities Award, Brigham Young University
- Chamber of Commerce Honors in the Arts Award
- Gandhi Peace Award, 2013 
Salt Lake Community college named the Emma Lou Thayne Center for Service Learning after Thayne to honor her.
- 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
- Hope and Recovery: A Mother-Daughter Story About Anorexis Nervosa, Bulimia, and Manic Depression (1992)
- 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
- "The Place of Knowing" (2011) — personal memoir/autobiography
- 75 Significant Mormon Poets by Sarah Jenkins and Gideon Burton, BYU Literature & Creative Arts
- "Poet Emma Lou Thayne handles success with grace and adversity with calm determination" by Nettie Pendley, A Woman of Gentle Strength. Continuum Magazine, Vol. 12. No. 3, Winter 2002
- Kimball, James; Miles, Kent (2009). Mormon Women. Salt Lake City, Utah: Handcart Books. pp. 213–225. ISBN 978-0-9801406-1-3.
- Jacobsen, Morgan (December 7, 2014). "Noted LDS poet, author Emma Lou Thayne dies at 90". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07.
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher (December 6, 2014). "Emma Lou Thayne, renowned Mormon poet, dies at 90". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07.
- "Emma Lou Thayne". www.huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- Pendley, Nettie (Winter 2002). "A Woman of Gentle Strength". Continuum Magazine. 12 (3). Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- Meyer, Casulene. "Emma Lou Thayne and the Art of Peace". byustudies.byu.edu. BYU Studies. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- "Hope and Recovery: A Mother-Daughter Story About Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Manic Depression" by Emma Lou & Becky Thayne Markosian Thayne". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- Lampropoulos, Cynthia (2000) . "Emma Lou Warner Thayne". In Whitley, Colleen. Worth Their Salt Too: More Notable but not Often Noted Women of Utah. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press. ISBN 0874212871. LCCN 00008454. OCLC 43615212.
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher (12 December 2014). "Mormon poet Emma Lou Thayne remembered as 'hugger of life'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- Collins, Lois M. (January 15, 2011). "Alive again — Emma Lou Thayne finds hope, recovery and a vibrant life". Deseret News. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07.
- Cannon, Ann (May 7, 2011). "From near-death to 'spiritual mentor'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07.
- "Literary notes: Questioning Minds lecture, 'Tiger Saga' author at King's English". The Salt Lake Tribune. December 9, 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. — Describes Thayne winning the 2011 Utah Governor's Mansion Artist Award
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