Hi! Welcome to Healing Field Notes.

“Like the best book of essays you've ever read, given to you one at a time, right when you need them.” -


Notes from healing field. This newsletter offers essays, images, and resources about care, nourishment, and creativity. I aim to offer affirming and nuanced writing to spark curiosity in your own healing field. I share how I care for myself and my communities in the hope you can do so too. This newsletter includes:

The Field Notes: an essay about anything from mental health to chronic illness to gender to wellness to pop culture – honestly, everything and anything is possible

Joy Corner: images of what brought me joy or made me giggle

Intentionality Portal: links to things that help me take it slow and places to nourish ourselves and our communities

Healing Field Notes Podcast: a (mostly) monthly podcast where I answer questions and have on the occasional. you can questions submit here


Hi! I’m Sam (they/them), a Midwest-based writer and creator with experience in writing, digital content creation, and community organizing. I’m passionate about redefining conversations about wellness to make them more accessible and inclusive, continuing the destigmatization of mental health in a nuanced, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist way, and empowering queer people to find clothing and personal style in comfortable and euphoric ways for them.

I am a Communications Intern for the St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline and a writer for their newsletter focused on consciousness-raising and community outreach. I am the former Wellness Editor for Swift Wellness and am currently freelancing in the health and wellness space. I have a community of over 27k humans engaging with my content and storytelling about mental health, personal style, and homemaking.

I was a finalist for the 2019 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest, headlined the Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival in 2018, and have toured across the US and Canada. My book of poems and essays, UNTIL TENDER, is forthcoming with Game Over Books in August 2023

When I’m not writing, I cook vegetables and nurture my inner child. The hill I will die on is that a Midwest sunset is superior to all sunsets.


You can find me on Instagram or my website. You can also find my other writing here.


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Sam Slupski

Sam Slupski writes to better understand the world and take care of themselves.