Joy Sullivan is a poet, community builder, and author of the national bestseller, Instructions for Traveling West.

She received a Masters in poetry from Miami University and has served as the poet-in-residence for the Wexner Center for the Arts. In addition to leading international writing retreats, she has guest-lectured in classrooms from Stanford University to Florida International University and is the founder of Sustenance, a community designed to help writers revitalize and nourish their craft. Read her thoughts on the creative life in her Substack newsletter, Necessary Salt.


Instructions for Traveling West

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First you must realize you’re homesick for all the lives you’re not living. Then, you must commit to the road and the rising loneliness. To the sincere thrill of coming apart.

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