Recent Writings

Love's Bitten Tongue: On Vassar Miller

Vassar Miller was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in the 60s and was twice Texas Poet Laureate--yet her rich and complex work is largely unknown outside of literary circles.  Her life is every bit as compelling as her art.  

https://www.lighthousewriters.org/blog/lit-counts-love%E2%80%99s-bitten-tongue

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

"I write myself into better dreams," says Terry Tempest Williams. And so do the women of this writing workshop I facilitate, who are transitioning out of incarceration. 

https://lighthousewriters.org/blog/songs-aboard-women%E2%80%99s-freedom-train-writing-be-free

There's Gold in That Story

"What someone who teaches a workshop mainly does," says the poet Galway Kinnell, "is recognize the passages that are alive and true and show those to

the author."

https://www.lighthousewriters.org/blog/theres-gold-story

Joy teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, the largest literary center in the Rocky Mountain West. Visit their website at: www.lighthousewriters.org

Joy also teaches  in  Lighthouse's                 community outreach programs: Hard Times, for those experiencing homelessness & poverty, and Writing to Be Free, for women transitioning out of incarceration.

 
Library of Dreams: Bibliotherapy and the Beautiful Barrio
Esthesis: An E-Mag of Arts & Ideas
Bibliotherapy is the use of literature--poetry, fiction, film, memoir, plays,
essays--to promote mental health and cultural understanding. 
https://esthesis.org/library-of-dreams-bibliotherapy-and-the-beautiful-barrio-joy-roulier-sawyer/

Joy is considered a national expert in the Hynes & Hynes-Berry biblio/poetry model, and edited & revised one of the standard academic textbooks in the field. Check it out in the "Books" section on this website. 

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