Z.O.S.

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Kay Merkel Boruff is the author of Z.O.S.—a memoir of sex, blood, money, and the CIA in Southeast Asia. Kay Merkel Boruff tells the story from her perspective of wife and widow of an Air America pilot killed during covert operations in Laos. She takes the reader there as only one who has been there can. You experience the highs, understand the efforts to escape the constant fear of the dangerous reality these American heroes face daily, feel the anguish of her loss and the isolation of the “zone of silence” she is required to live in for the rest of her life.

Kay Merkel Boruff, a teacher at The Hockaday School 1973—2010, studied with Naomi Shihab Nye, Li-Young Lee, Tim O'Brien, Madeleine L'Engle, and Robert Olen Butler.

She unveiled the Air America Memorial at UTD with CIA Director William Colby. She attended Burning Man and climbed Wayna Picchu, chasing another adventure in her “zone of silence.” 

 

 

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About the Author

Author Name : Kay Merkel Boruff

     Kay Merkel Boruff lived in Viet-Nam 68-70 and was married to an Air America pilot who was killed flying in Laos 18 Feb 70. She returned to Texas a CIA widow with PTSD. Her work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Texas Short Stories 2, Taos Magazine, The Dallas Morning News. Letters of her husband's and hers were included in Love and War, 250 Years of Wartime Love Letters. In 1997 she won the ¡Tex! fiction award. Prior to the beginning of the War in Iraq, she was interviewed in The Dallas Morning News for her viewpoint “poets for the war” and for her return trip to Southeast Asia in 2002. She attended Burning Man 2012 and then climbed Wayna Picchu in Peru on her 71st birthday. In 2016 NPR interviewed Boruff and Willie H. Minor, Jr., regarding their non-profit Merkel & Minor: Vets Helping Vets: A Class Act Production founded on their Drama Therapy Program. She lives in Dallas with her Labrador Molly Bloom.

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