David Anthony Sam

525 Monticello Circle
Locust Grove, VA 22508
Phone: 
540-445-1726

Author's Bio

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 Locust Grove VA, still within reachof the eastern mountain chain. They have two children, Michelle and Ryan, and three grandchildren. In 2017, Sam retired as president of Germanna Community College. Four of his collections are in print: Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves, was published June 2014 and Dark Land, White Light (1974, 2014); Early in the Day (2015); and Finite to Fail (2017) and his poems have appeared in over 70 journals. He was the featured writer in The Hurricane Review April 2016 issue which included 36 of his poems. His chapbook Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickson was the 2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest Grand Prize Winner and his collection All Night over Bones received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Homebound Poetry Prize. Sam now serves as Poetry Editor for GFT Press.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies: 
Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry
(Anthology of Magazine Verse, 1980)
Journals: 
Alura, American Tanka, Arlington Literary Journal, Artemis, Blue Heron Review, Blue Unicorn, Buddhist Poetry Review, Carbon Culture Review, Clementine Poetry Journal, Crucible, Dark Matter, december, Dual Coast Magazine, Empty Sink Publishing, FLARE: The Flagler Review, Folia, Foliate Oak, From the Depths, Gravel, Great River Review, Heron Tree, Hurricane Review, Literature Today, On the Rusk, Piedmont Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, Red Earth Review, Red Savina Review, Ripples, Rust+Moth Journal, Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, Stone Country, Stoneboat, Summerset Review, Tanka Journal, Temenos Journal, The Bacon Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, The Hurricane Review, The Magnolia Review, The Poet, The Scapegoat Review, The Summerset Review , The Write Place At the Write Time, These Fragile Lilacs, Three Line Poetry, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Two Cities Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Wayne Literary Review, Yellow Chair Review
Prizes Won: 
Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson was the 2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest Grand Prize Winner

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Arab American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
McKeesport, PA
Raised in: 
Belleville, MI
work_excerpt: 
Wearing the Abyss “When you look too long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.” – Nietzsche I am become hurricane, whirling manifestation of the abyss I too long look into. I wear whorls in my bloodstream. I hear winds in my earpulse. I am made of water and wild air. In the end, I dissipate across the wide plains in rain, brief flashes, and long echoes.
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Last updated: Aug 15, 2017