About Joan Myles

Joan Myles has always been a child of wonder as well as a spiritual
seeker. When she lost her sight at the age of 12, these qualities and
writing poetry saved her from despair. And what’s more, once blind,
her spiritual seeking took on a deeper, richer dimension. No longer
was Divinity somewhere out there, hovering just out of reach. She felt
God to be with her, a whisper away, a breath, a sigh, a longing inside
her, an expression of wonder and delight and most emphatically, Love.

Joan earned a BA in elementary Education, a Master’s in Jewish
Studies, and spent 15 years teaching Hebrew and Judaics to third
through 6th graders. During that time, she also founded Yismehu, a
non-profit organization which provided free Jewish learning to blind
students nationwide via distance learning, and served as both textbook
developer and instructor for 10 years.

Joan and her husband raised four children together, and currently live
in Oregon, where she continues to delight in the wonders of Life
Divine, and in the magic of words.

One With Willows is her first collection of spiritually playful poetry.

12 thoughts on “About Joan Myles

  1. I love Oregon! The sis and I had driven through there just once and thought the countryside and city were the most beautiful of all the states we had driven through before.

  2. Its good to meet you. I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot on the brain and get around with the help of my brindle lab/retriever Trigger. I can see outlines of objects but not their details so, for example I discern the shape of a person but not whether I know them (unless they speak). Best wishes – Kevin

    1. Greetings, Kevin, I’m happy to meet you and look forward to hearing your thoughts about what youfind here. And I’ll be sure to check out your writing as well.

  3. Joan, I’ve been running into your name and work for a while now, and thought it was time to follow and introduce myself. I was born legally blind with RP, and lost all but a blur of vision over the years. I too am an author. Blessings to you in your work.

    1. So happy to meet you, Donna. I look forward to learning more about you as our journey together continues. Blessings and sweetness to you!

  4. I did wonder about the wine! Glad you had it with the cheese sandwiches — and I am so happy to have begun reading your blog!

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