Joy Roulier Sawyer is an award-winning writer and editor. She holds an MA from New York University, where she was the recipient of the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing, and is the author of two poetry collections, Lifeguards and Tongues of Men and Angels, as well as several nonfiction books. 

Her poetry, essays, and fiction appear in Bohemian Chronicle, Books & Culture, Inklings, Lilliput Review, New York Quarterly, Mars Hill Review, St. Petersburg Review, Theology Today, and many others. 



Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Since 2009, Joy has taught a wide variety of writing and poetry workshops at

Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Some of these include the popular

Writing 101: Gotta Start Somewhere, Spark and ReSpark, Poetry 101, The 

Poetry of Play and Pleasure, and The Poetry of Affection.

She's also offered four-week workshops on poets Denise Levertov, Christian

Wiman, William Stafford, and Naomi Shihab Nye, as well as Writing for Personal Transformation, which focuses on writing for healing.

In addition to her regular workshops, Joy facilitates many of Lighthouse's community outreach programs. She teaches the Denver Central, Arvada, and Edgewater Library's Hard Times writing workshops, designed for people experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, and other "hard times," as well as Writing to Be Free, a workshop for women transitioning out of incarceration. 

She was the recipient of Lighthouse's 2019 Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. 

Writing Coaching 

Joy's fresh, kind, encouraging approach is uniquely helpful to both beginning and experienced writers, and she uses her special expertise in writing blocks, reflective goal setting, and creating a nourishing writing life to help writers work on poetry, memoir, personal essays, and fiction.

For a free consultation, visit the "Contact" page and drop her a line. She'd be happy to speak with you about your unique writing needs.