Joyce Webb Kohler grew up in the Southwest but has called Utah home for the last forty-five years and is in love with its mountains. As the second of nine children growing up on a farm nestled among sandstone cliffs in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, she and her siblings were blessed with the freedom to roam and create their own fun, thus stimulating her imagination and nourishing her love of the outdoors. Joyce’s father was a great storyteller who told extemporaneous stories and read poetry to the children every night, fostering in them a love of language and literature.
Joyce’s poems have won awards in state and national contests and have been published in The Ensign, Panorama, Encore, and Utah Sings, Volume VIII. She has studied at both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. Joyce continues to research and write about topics that interest her.
She received the 2014 Utah State Poetry Society Publication Award for Like Water, Like Bread, a collection of her poems.
After twenty-three years with the Department of Linguistics at BYU, Joyce is enjoying retirement in Midway, Utah, where she lives with her husband and best fiend, Dale. Busier than ever, she gardens, weaves, makes paper and books, reads voraciously, cuts and polishes the stones she finds on their jaunts, and write because she can’t help it.