JoAnna O’Keefe, author of Embraced: Love Poems, Morning’s Light: Poems from my Journal and the inspirational books Come to the Garden: An Invitation to Serenity and The Path Less Taken: Words of Encouragement, is a graduate of Syracuse University and brings to her poems the accumulated experiences of studies at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery School for Spiritual Directors, the Northern Arizona Hospice Program and the Dale Carnegie Course, as well as studies in contemplative prayer at the Benedictine Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado and the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also studied Christian spirituality and the psychology of C.G. Jung at the Einsiedeln Conference in Switzerland.

The title poem of Come to the Garden was read at the 51st National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC by Grace Nelson, wife of United States Senator Bill Nelson.

A popular speaker, JoAnna eloquently shares her journey along the path to peace and the discovery of her “bridge to wholeness – a way to get in touch with my feeling, hopes and dreams, a way to listen to the spirit’s voice within.”

JoAnna lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Jack.

Professional and Volunteer Memberships

– The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)
– Author’s Guild
– Academy of American Poets

Viera poet and author JoAnna O'Keefe - Photo by Malcolm Denemark