Joy Sullivan

We are pleased to welcome Joy Sullivan who will be reading from her bestselling debut collection Instructions for Traveling West published in April by Dial Press.

Instructions for Traveling West is a vivid and inspiring, expansive and lush debut collection that examines what happens when we leave home and leap into the deep unknown. Mid-pandemic, Sullivan left the man she planned to marry, sold her house, quit her corporate job, and drove west. This dazzling collection tells that story as it illuminates the questions haunting us all: What possible futures lie on the horizon? What happens when we heed the call of furious reinvention. A book for anyone flinging themselves into fresh starts, Instructions for Traveling West grapples with loss, loneliness and belonging. These poems teach us that naming our desire is profound alchemy. Each of us holds the power to set our own course forward.

Joy Sullivan received an MA in poetry from Miami University and has served as the poet-in-residence for the Wexner Center for the Arts. 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. She lives in Portland.


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Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm
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ISBN: 9780593597613
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 9th, 2024