welcome ❯❯

Maya Joelle

bookdragon, wordsmith, classicist, wanderer

seeking to adorn the dark with my poems & myths

forest & folk fan, sky enthusiast, incurable daydreamer

the men signed of the cross of Christ / go gaily in the dark


Since I was a young child, I have been given the gift and burden to write about the brokenness of the world and the hope I’ve found in God’s grace. I pray that He will continue to help me see the beauty in the ordinary around me and share it with others, to His glory alone.


more about me

  • I’m a student at a liberal arts college studying classics (Latin & Greek)
  • I’ve spent most of my life in Michigan, and feel most at home in the Upper Peninsula!
  • I love the church year, liturgy, theology, and hymns.
  • I’d love to meet you! You can DM me on Instagram (mayajoelleauthor) or email me at mayajoelleauthor [at] gmail.com (:

aesthetic ❯❯
graveyard walks • poetry nights • hobbitcore fashion • memories of sunlight • oat milk lattes • late-night conversations • long novels • forest paths • snail mail • Broadway • pictures of the sky • barefoot by the lake • organizing my bookshelves (again) • HELHEIMR!!

favorites ❯❯
books: The Lord of the Rings, Till We Have Faces, The Horse and His Boy, The Queen of Attolia, Death By Living, Orthodoxy, Adorning the Dark, Surprised by Oxford, The Perilous Gard, The Blue Sword, Piranesi, Knight’s Fee, Red Rising, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, The Secret Garden, Shadow Hand, The Blue Castle, Empire of Bones, The Abolition of Man, Every Moment Holy, Confessions
poetry: In Memoriam, The Ballad of the White Horse, Four Quartets, the Odyssey, “Generation to Generation,” “Mythopoeia”
film: Rogue One, Gattaca, O Brother Where Art Thou, La La Land, Tolkien, This Beautiful Fantastic, Gladiator
TV: Wives and Daughters, Shadow and Bone, All Creatures Great and Small
music: Andrew Peterson, Sarah Sparks, The Gray Havens, Jess Ray, The Arcadian Wild, The High Kings, The Longest Johns
musicals: Hadestown, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Sound of Music, Anastasia, Newsies, Titanic

The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending; or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous “turn” (for there is no true end to any fairy-tale): this joy, which is one of the things which fairy-stories can produce supremely well, is not essentially “escapist,” nor “fugitive.” In its fairy-tale — or otherworld — setting, it is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of dyscatastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien ~

the stories are true, so fear no evil

25 thoughts on “

  1. Well hullo there!
    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks so much for following my blog! I also wanted to come and investigate yours, and it is truly lovely. I’m definitely gonna be around here more often. Your heroes are nearly identical to mine, and I feel we have the same interests when it comes to books and cleverness (let me know if you caught that reference). Again, so glad to make you and your blog’s acquaintance – I hope to see you around my blog in the coming posts as well 🙂
    Cheers,
    Emily x
    P.S. Love your t-shirt with the Moria door on it. I’ve always wanted one, but never gotten around to buying one yet 😦

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  2. Hey Maya! I’m Ellen, a newcomer to your blog. 😀 A bit about me: I’m an author, reader, big sister, blogger, and follower of Jesus who loves eating tacos and taking long road trips. 🙂 Your writing style is AMAZING, and I look forward to reading more of your posts! ❤

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  3. Hello, Maya!

    I just discovered your blog and it looks wonderful! I am so excited to read more of your content. 😀 So, a little bit about me: I’m a born-again believer, blogger, amateur photographer, online homeschooler, and avid bookworm. I enjoyed reading your about page!

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  4. You’ve been following my blog for a little bit now, and I still hadn’t checked out your blog! Just wanted to drop a message here and say WOW you and I are similar when it comes to favorite authors and books. That’s awesome. I’m now a follower, and would have been one just based on your tag-line. So good, so true. 😍

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  5. You and I wore very similar (okay, creepily similar) outfits for our senior photos. I wore a floral dress with a jean jacket too! Tell me what kind of shoes you wore. 😂

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  6. Hi sweet Maya, I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award… although I realise you’ve done it recently, so no pressure to do it again! I love reading your blog and I think you write beautifully! Hope you’re having a great day!

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  7. I love the Samwise Gamgee quote!! It’s one of my favourite quotes from LOTR. BTW, your blog and graphics are all supper pretty!

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  8. You have Till We Have Faces AND The Forgotten Beasts of Eld AND This Beautiful Fantastic AND Wives and Daughters AND Hadestown AND The Grey Havens on your favorites list — ma’am, may I just say, it’s an honor to know you. *shakes hand*

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    1. WELL how could I not? They are all so marvelous. But The Forgotten Beasts of Eld?? I don’t know anyone who likes that book!!! It is so good and I really need to read more McKillip.

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  9. Hey, Maya! Just dropping in to tell you how frickin’ cool your blog is! I love your idea of an aesthetic, too! I can almost see images in my mind forming the aesthetic. And LOTRRR! Anyone who likes LOTR is automatically my mellon nin hehe. XD <33

    Lots of love!
    xoxo Lily

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