As an American military brat whose parents were stationed abroad, Sam learned how to adjust to being slightly out of step.
His time as a military brat also turned Sam into a bit of a nomad. After surviving several years in a rural British school that didn’t much like “Yanks”, he lived in Australia and studied its literature and culture, then migrated on to work for AWP, MIT, Creative Nonfiction, The Virginia Production Alliance, The Virginia Film Office, and taught writing as an adjunct at Chatham University. He also worked as a giant, plush mascot for a pest control convention in Boston… Sometimes you just have to pay the bills.
He became a novelist by way of filmmaking and previously interned at DreamWorks and edited videos for the Smithsonian to distribute to Native American tribal governments. Sam has been published in Able Muse, The Louisville Review, The Writer’s Chronicle and The Encyclopedia of American Indian History. He received a literature degree from Duke and an MFA in fiction from Chatham University.
He and his wife spend most of their time these days raising two rambunctious and happy boys.