My favorite view of Denvertown. Ferril Lake, City Park.


Poetry does not change the world, it changes the poet. --Richard Eberhart



About Joy Sawyer

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 a poetry collection, Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press, 2016), and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee.

Her poetry, essays, and fiction appear in such diverse publications as Bohemian Chronicle, Books & Culture, Esthesis, LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, Mars Hill Review, New York Quarterly, St. Petersburg Review, The Bacon Review, The Other Journal, The Volta, and others. In addition, Joy's also received a Rocky Mountain Women's Associateship for her performance poetry.

Her longtime work in the fields of both bibliotherapy and writing therapy gives her special interest and expertise in writer's block, writing exercises, and the writing process. She is a recent recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

Since 2009, Joy's taught both poetry and intro to creative writing classes at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, the largest nonprofit literary center in Colorado and the Mountain West. For more than a decade, she also taught in the creative writing track of the masters of liberal studies program at the University of Denver.

Selected Works

Poetry Book
"Blends the verbal alacrity and formal complexity of Gerard Manley Hopkins with the ironic verve and cultural awareness of Allen Ginsberg." --Paul J. Willis, former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate
Poetry Therapy Textbook
Revised and updated the third edition of the classic academic textbook by Arleen McCarty Hynes and Mary Hynes-Berry (North Star Press, 2012).
Nonfiction Books
"A rich and enriching book, a gift of both poetry and faith" --Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties

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