Background Painting: "Spring," © 2015 Tyler Deal

Samantha Deal is a poet, essayist, and editor from Boone, North Carolina. She holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from UNC-Wilmington. Currently, Samantha is working towards her PhD at Western Michigan University—where she specializes in Documentary Poetry, Hybrid & Cognitive Poetics, & American Modernisms. She also teaches undergraduate literature/writing courses, acts as a nonfiction editor for the literary journal, Third Coast, co-coordinates the Poets in Print Reading Series, and serves as an intern for New Issues Press. Previously, Samantha has worked for Ecotone, The North Carolina Writers' Network, and Barefoot Books. She has also taught courses at Coastal Carolina Community College and UNC-Wilmington. To know more about Samantha's experience as an English & Creative Writing instructor, visit her Teaching Page.

Samantha is the winner of the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship in creative nonfiction, and she has also been a finalist for The Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, The Anhinga Press Robert Dana Prize, The OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize, Zone 3's First Book Award, The Rattle prize for poetry, and other contests. Most recently, she was selected by Kathleen Graber as an honorable mention for Hunger Mountain's Ruth Stone Poetry Prize.

A swimming enthusiast and lover of all-things-water, Samantha divides her time between Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. She lives and works with her dog, a puggle named Mimsy. You can follow her (and her dog) @SammyLeeDeal