Samantha hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire in 2018, where she was an instructor and the recipient of the Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship. While at UNH, she taught composition and poetry courses, and coordinated the reading series Read Free or Die in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She has taught writing courses at Great Bay Community College, and also works as a developmental editor. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center at UNH.
Samantha's first book, Confluence, is forthcoming with Broadstone Books in spring 2021. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, The Missouri Review, Appalachian Heritage, On the Seawall, and Rust+Moth, among others. She is the recipient of the 2018 Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry, as judged by Shelley Girdner.
A former member of the Appalachian Mountain Club hut croo, Samantha enjoys hiking and trail running in the White Mountains. She lives in New Hampshire with her dog, Moose.
University of New Hampshire, Department of English, Durham, NH
MFA Creative Writing (2018)
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
BA English (2015)
BA Religious Studies (2015)
University of New Hampshire (September 2018 – present)
Associate Director, Connors Writing Center
• Work with the Director to coordinate the operations of the Connors Writing Center at UNH. The Center offers one-on-one writing conferences to students, focusing on all disciplines and types of academic writing.
• Conference with students on a face-to-face, one-on-one basis to set and reach goals for a specific writing project.
• Provide support for the University Writing Program.
• Co-teach INCO 527, a semester-long course for incoming undergraduate writing assistants, that focuses on writing center theory and practice, the history of the Connors Writing Center, archival research, and presentations.
• Plan and produce relevant programming, training, and professional development for writing assistants, including training for incoming graduate writing assistants and training for biweekly all-staff meetings.
Dorrance Publishing (January 2019 – present)
• Work remotely and digitally with writers to provide feedback on manuscripts
• Collaborate with authors on a wide range of creative writing, including fiction, personal narrative, nonfiction, and memoir.
• Aid authors in maintaining authentic voice, and in improving various aspects of manuscript writing, including organization, plot, characterization, pacing, etc.
• Communicate frequently with authors over email, phone, and Skype.
Great Bay Community College
ENGL 110G College Composition I - Fall 2019
Course that helps students learn to write clearly and effectively for defined audiences through a variety of strategies. Emphasis is on the writing process, from drafting through pre-writing, revision and editing. This course places reading at the core of the writing curriculum by including interaction with reading selections as the vehicle for idea development, analytical and interpretive skills, and research, and to serve as writing models.
University of New Hampshire
Instructor of Record
INCO 529 Writing Consultation - Fall 2018, Fall 2019
Course included instruction in philosophy and techniques of tutoring, theoretical and practical issues in collaborative learning and complex-skill formation, and cross disciplinary conventions of writing. Students simultaneously work as writing assistants in the Connors Writing Center. Course was co-taught alongside the Director of the Writing Center.
ENGL 527 Introduction to Poetry Writing – Spring 2018
Course focused on the history of poetry, poetry schools and movements, and poetics. This workshop-heavy course requires students to make substantial revisions to their own work, as well as to their peers’ work. Students conference frequently with professor to develop a writing and revision process and produce a portfolio of work.
ENGL 401 First Year Writing – Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
Course focused on developing communication abilities at the university and in professional settings, and emphasized both the importance of process and the revision process, with a focus on peer review and workshop. Organized around three major units: rhetorical analysis, research, and personal essay. Students strengthened writing and revision skills through frequent conferences. Writing-intensive course.
Confluence, Broadstone Books, spring 2021
Selected Journal Publications
The Missouri Review, “Strays,” “To Lead a Pig Skyward,” “Too Much or Nothing at All,” “Late July, Lincoln Ave Apt. 2,” “When the Cowboy Visits You at Night,” 2020
Literary Accents, “Old Man Dreaming” 2020
Hobart, “Macy’s Closeout Sale,” “Giuseppe,” “November Revisited,” 2019
Rattle, “I Found Myself,” 2019
Penn Review, “Split-Boned Dog,” 2019
Street Light Press, “Hoarded Birds,” “Turnpike Toll-Taker,” 2019
Rust + Moth, “Downed Birds,” 2019
On The Seawall, “Garbage Night,” 2019
Literary Accents, “Old Man Dreaming,” 2019
Broad! Magazine “Hen & Chicks,” “Solstice,” 2017
Appalachian Heritage, “Pittsburgh,” 2016
Birch Gang Review, “Christmas Eve,” 2016
The New Engagement “Crown the Moose,” “Ghost-Story Crafted for a Girl-Child,” “When it is Finished,” 2016
AWARDS AND HONORS
Finalist, Tupelo Press Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic, 2020
Manuscript of Extraordinary Merit, Tupelo Press Open Reading Period, 2019
Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship Grant, University of New Hampshire, 2018
Dick Shea Memorial Award, University of New Hampshire, 2018
James Monroe Scholar, College of William and Mary, 2015
UNH MFA Thesis Readings, Durham, December 2018
HOOT Poet Laureate Series, Portsmouth, November 2018
Word Portland, Portland, October 2018
Massachusetts Poetry Festival U35 Readers Series, Boston, August 2018
Read Free or Die, Portsmouth, May 2018
Read Free or Die, Portsmouth, February 2017
SERVICE TO UNIVERSITY & GUEST LECTURES
Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference Host & Steering Committee Member, Fall 2019-present
Barnstorm Literary Journal, Reader, Fall 2016-2017
Read first-round submissions for UNH literary journal.
Collaborated with fellow MFA students to read and select poems for publication.
Read Free or Die Reading Series, Coordinator, Fall 2017-present
Coordinate monthly student reading series for UNH MFA program.
Scheduled monthly fiction, nonfiction, and poetry readers for each event.
Advertised reading series on campus and in the local community.
Coordinated with local businesses to provide a venue.
Guest Lecture ENGL 527, Spring 2017
Provided two days of lecture/workshop for poetry course.
Encouraged discussion on imagery in poetry, and led subsequent workshop.
Fred Marchant Reading Introduction, Fall 2017
Provided introduction for guest reader at UNH Writer’s Series.
ADDITIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
College of William and Mary
Center for Student Diversity, Spring 2013 - Spring 2015
SEED Dialogue Coordinator
Developed and co-coordinated a flagship, innovative series of dialogues at William and Mary. Initial dialogues focused on race, religion, and class, and since then have continued to address topics of ability, gender, sexuality, and other dimensions of identity in intersectional context.
Peer Diversity Program Coordinator
Led team of student peer educators, including providing ongoing support in the form of the facilitation of small-group discussions on campus diversity and multiculturalism. Worked closely with fellow coordinators to produce diversity education programming for incoming students.
Peer Diversity Educator
Facilitated small group discussions of incoming William and Mary students. Discussions encouraged dialogue on topics of diversity and identity, and allowed students to explore these topics in a safe environment.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Backcountry Information Specialist
Worked at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at base of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Served as information source for visitors to the White Mountains. Provided hiking advice, taking into account trail conditions and weather conditions.
Managed all operations of off-grid, backcountry hut in the White Mountains. Led and supervised team of five hut croo employees, and provided ongoing training in outdoor education, green technology, systems, and customer service.
Provided assistance to hutmaster in all aspects of backcountry hut operations. Had specific focus on merchandising, inventory, and sales of gear, in addition outdoor education and customer service.
Developed and delivered educational, interpretative programming for visitors to AMC huts. Programming focused on such topics as green technology and off-grid operations, White Mountains natural history, weather and climate, and LNT.
References available upon request