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I write the column, Poetry Matters, for Southern Writers Magazine, have given readings and workshops on poetry, and founded the Lonesome Mountain Pro(s)e Writers Workshop. I teach a course on Contemporary Women Poets for the UVA/OLLI program. My poems have appeared in Piedmont Virginia Magazine, the Blue Ridge Anthology, the 25th Anniversary Edition the Blue Ridge Parkway Celebration Book, and in the Charlottesville CAT buses.
David Anthony Sam was born and spent his childhood in McKeesport, PA, a coal and steel suburb of Pittsburgh. His home at the end of 36th Street abutted a woods, and the games he played on that street and the time he spent in those woods all influenced his poetry as well as his sense of the holistic ecology of all things. His neighborhood was filled with immigrants and children of immigrants, and his grandparents themselves came from Poland and Syria. In 1961, the family moved with his father’s factory to Belleville, MI, a far suburb of Detroit. Small town life near a lake and the rural farm fields and woods within a short walk along the railroad tracks also appear much of his verse. A first-generation college student and graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University, Sam has taught creative writing, English literature, and composition at EMU, Marygrove College, Oakland Community College, and Pensacola State College. He was partner/manager of Gondolier Music & Electronics from 1972-1985 in Belleville before moving into higher education as an administrator. With his wife and life partner, Linda, he lives now in Culpeper VA, still within sight of the eastern mountain chain. They have two children, Michelle and Ryan, and three grandchildren. Sam serves as president of Germanna Community College and persists in writing poetry. His collection, Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves, was published June 2014.