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, Hoarded Birds, 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.