Watermark Books & Café will host Joy Roulier Sawyer for an author talk and signing of Lifeguards: Poems on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m.
As its title promises, "Lifeguards" introduces poems whose characters gently tug us through threatening waters to safety. The stories told here of an alcoholic mother, a nerdy gardener, a heroic boyfriend are enjoined by a cunning jester-prophet who pops up occasionally in the simple guise of Poet.
Whether pondering the delights of Dairy Queen or dry martinis, Joy Roulier Sawyer's refreshing blend of genuine reverence and sly humor never fails to entertain, exhort, and enlighten. Tracing life from bucolic Kansas swimming pools to blood-soaked urban streets, the poet offers a lasting vision of deep, unapologetic affection a rare balm in a cynical age.
About Joy Roulier Sawyer
Joy Roulier Sawyer grew up in Colby, KS and 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, Lifeguards (Conundrum Press) and Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet 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 many 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.