Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore. Paris, June 2013

Paul Valery speaks of the "une ligne donnee" of a poem. One line is given to the poet by God or by nature, the rest he has to discover for himself. --Stephen Spender

Poetry & Nonfiction Books


Tongues of Men and Angels
Poetry collection published by White Violet Press (2016), a California publisher that "aims to showcase the literary work of accomplished formalist poets. " Now available on this website.

"Poems that blend 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, author of Say This Prayer into the Past

"What I love about Joy Roulier Sawyer's poetry is that she takes us with her to deep places, but always holds a twinkle in her eye, play in her heart, and in each hand a feather plucked from the Wild Goose. " --J Diego Frey, author of Umbrellas or Else and The Year the Eggs Cracked


Biblio/Poetry Therapy--The Interactive Process: A Handbook
Selected by biblio/poetry therapy pioneers to revise and update the third edition of this classic academic text (North Star Press of St. Cloud, 2012). Available on this website.

From the back cover: Biblio/Poetry Therapy--The Interactive Process: A Handbook was first published in 1986. Now in its third printing, this is a classic text for those studying bibliotherapy: the use of literature in all its forms to promote mental health. The Hynes and Hynes-Berry four-stage bibliotherapy model is used by therapists, clinicians, educators, spiritual directors, and poets & writers around the world.


Dancing to the Heartbeat of Redemption: The Creative Process of Spiritual Growth
Mars Hill Review and Inkings poetry editor Joy Roulier Sawyer intersperses her own poetry, as well as the work of other classic and contemporary poets, in a contemplative-yet-earthy approach to living and loving poetically.

Featuring poetry by Denise Levertov, Andrew Hudgins, Vassar Miller, Kathleen Norris, Scott Cairns, Anne Porter, Margaret Avison, Jeanne Murray-Walker, Luci Shaw and many others. Available on this website.

"Joy Sawyer's Dancing to the Heartbeat of Redemption is a rich and enriching book, a gift of both poetry and faith." --Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties



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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