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 Poetics, & American Modernism; teaches undergraduate literature/writing courses; co-coordinates the Poets in Print Reading Series; and serves as an intern for New Issues Press. She has worked for journals and organizations such as Ecotone, The North Carolina Writers' NetworkBarefoot Books, and Third Coastwhere she served as nonfiction editor. She has also taught courses at Coastal Carolina Community College and UNC-Wilmington.

Samantha is the winner of the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship in creative nonfiction and has been a finalist for prizes from Mississippi Review, The Boiler, River Styx, OSU Press/The Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, and Sonora Review, among others. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2017, Ninth Letter, Hunger Mountain (where she was selected by Kathleen Graber as an honorable mention for the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize), Quarterly West, Rattle, and other journals. Samantha's first poetry collection, Something Opened, was a runner-up for the 2017 Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2019. 

Samantha divides her time between Boone, North Carolina, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Keep up with her @SammyLeeDeal