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 (:
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!!
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 ↟