Samantha is the author of Confluence (Broadstone Books, 2021). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Missouri Review, Appalachian Review, On the Seawall, Hobart, Literary Accents, and Rust+Moth, among others. She is the recipient of a Teach! Write! Play! Fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing; additionally, she was a finalist in the 2020 Tupelo Press Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic Open Call, and her manuscript was deemed a Manuscript of Extraordinary Merit in the 2019 Tupelo Press Open Reading Period. Her poem "Spring Sign" won the 2021 Sandy River Review Comfort Contest, and her poem "I am a Parking Chair" was the winner of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival First Poem Contest, and took second place in the 2021 Cheltenham Poetry Festival Single Poem Contest. She is the recipient of the 2018 Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry, as judged by Shelley Girdner.
Samantha hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire in 2018, where she was a writing instructor and taught composition and poetry courses. She also coordinated the MFA reading series Read Free or Die in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and read for the program's literary journal, Barnstorm. She was a recipient of the 2018 Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship, which supported her research on the representation of the Pittsburgh dialect in poetry. She has taught writing courses at UNH, Great Bay Community College, and Arts + Literature Laboratory. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center at UNH, where she collaborates with undergraduate and graduate students to help them develop transferable writing skills and passion for writing and research. She serves on the board of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program and on the Steering Committee of the Northeast Writing Centers Association, and provides support for the UNH Writing Committee and Writing Program.
A former member of the Appalachian Mountain Club hut croo, Samantha enjoys hiking and trail running in the White Mountains. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with her corgi dog, Moose.
Land acknowledgement: The City of Portsmouth is on the homelands of the Abenaki people, who have ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this area. According to Tribal oral tradition, Abenaki people have lived in the place now called New Hampshire for more than 12,000 years—since before Tribal memory. The Abenaki are part of a larger group of Indigenous people who called themselves Wabanaki or “People of the Dawn,” and form one of many communities connected by a common language family. We are committed to acknowledging and honoring the human history tied to this land.
Adapted from Portsmouth Public Library's Land Acknowledgement, which was drafted with the help of Strawbery Banke, the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective, and the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People.