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


Nourishing Notes is an ongoing collection of personal essays reflecting on nourishment, healing, care, creativity, mental health & wellness, queerness, and homemaking. I aim to offer affirming and nuanced writing to spark curiosity in your own life. I share how I care for myself and my communities in the hope you can do so, too. This newsletter goes out twice a month and includes an essay, photos that brought me joy or made me giggle, links to things I’ve noticed or learned from, and places to nourish ourselves and our communities.


Sam Slupski (they/them) is a queer, nonbinary writer and creator from the Midwest–currently in Austin, TX. They are the author of UNTIL TENDER (Game Over Books) and work as a dedicated teaching artist with Austin Bat Cave.

Sam brings a courageous and authentic voice to their writing, exploring various topics informed by their experiences. These include but are not limited to mental health, emotional healing, gender identity, queerness, disability justice, chronic illness, vaginismus, and genderless personal style. In addition to their writing, Sam writes a popular newsletter, Nourishing Notes, and has a vibrant Instagram community. Through these platforms, they provide valuable insights on mental health, personal style, food, and homemaking, inviting readers into a world of honest and uplifting conversation.

In their past roles, Sam has worked with the St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline, focusing on consciousness-raising, community outreach, and skill-building. They were the Wellness Editor of Swift Wellness and the former Program Director of Poetic Underground. Their work has been recognized through being a finalist in the 2019 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest, headlining the Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival in 2018, and touring across the US and Canada.

Sam's passion lies in redefining conversations about wellness to make them accessible and inclusive. They are dedicated to destigmatizing mental and sexual health through transformative practices and are a firm believer in supporting communities rooted in collective care and mutuality. They love to cook and wholeheartedly believe 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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An ongoing collection of personal essays reflecting on nourishment, healing, care, creativity, mental health & wellness, queerness, and homemaking.


Sam Slupski is a nonfiction writer and poet. They write to better understand the world and take care of themselves.