Joy Roulier Sawyer

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Joy Roulier Sawyer

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Joy Roulier Sawyer holds an MA from New York University, where she received the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. The author of several nonfiction books, she's also published two poetry collections, Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press), and Lifeguards (Conundrum Press), and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Joy's poetry, essays, and fiction appear in Books & Culture, LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, Mars Hill Review, New York Quarterly, St. Petersburg Review, Theology Today, and others. She also holds a master's degree in counseling, and her professional training in writing therapy gives her special interest and expertise in writer's block, writing exercises, and the writing process. For her longtime work in the field, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Poetry Therapy. In addition to her regular workshops, Joy helps facilitate Lighthouses's Hard Times community outreach workshops at the Central, Arvada, and Edgewater Libraries, as well as Writing to Be Free, a workshop for women transitioning out of incarceration. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lighthouse Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence.

Classes with Joy Roulier Sawyer

Writing 101
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Poetry

4-Week: Writing 101—Gotta Start Somewhere

January 07, 2020

Writing 101
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Poetry

4-Week: Writing 101—Gotta Start Somewhere

February 04, 2020

Writing 101
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, Poetry

4-Week: Daytime Writing 101—Gotta Start Somewhere

February 05, 2020

Joy Roulier Sawyer's Published Work

  • There's Gold in That Story: Lighthouse Top-Secret Blog

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  • Tongues of Men and Angels

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  • Lifeguards

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  • Love's Bitten Tongue: The Poetry of Vassar Miller

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Joy Roulier Sawyer's Articles

The Lookout

Songs Aboard the Women’s Freedom Train: Writing to Be Free

March 30, 2018

“I write myself out of nightmares and into my dreams,” says Terry Tempest Williams, in her essay “Why I Write.” “I wr

The Lookout

There's Gold in That Story

November 07, 2017

I once enrolled in a New York City workshop taught by a widely respected older poet.