Carla Sameth

Creative Nonfiction Writer

Pasadena, CA 91104

Author's Bio

Writer. Teacher. Mother. As a writer, Carla hopes to help readers feel less alone and more resilient. As a teacher, she strives to help others tell their stories and hone their craft while experimenting with new forms. The journey of motherhood informs much of her writing.

Carla’s memoir, One Day on the Gold Line, was published July 2019 by Black Rose. Her essay, “If This Is So, Why Am I” (which is included in her memoir) was listed as a notable in Best American Essays 2019.

Carla teaches creative writing at the Los Angeles Writing Project (LAWP) at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) and with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).  She was recently selected to be a 2019 and 2020 “Pride Poet” participating in the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. Carla is a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets who present “poetry within reach and in unexpected places.”

She received a scholarship from and attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Post Graduate Writers’ Conference 2017-2019. Carla was selected for a PEN in the Community Teaching Artist Residency in the fall of 2016. She became a Los Angeles Writing Project fellow when she participated in the 2016 Summer Invitational Writing Institute at CSULA. The Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program awarded her a merit scholarship in 2014.

Carla holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Latin America) from Queens University of Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also studied economics and literature at the Universidad Autónoma de México City.

Carla’s work has been published in several anthologies and has appeared in print and online in publications that include: The Rumpus; ePen (the online publication of PEN Center USA); Brain, Child; Brevity Blog; The Nervous Breakdown; Anti-Heroin Chic; Collateral Journal; Full Grown PeopleNarratively; Mutha Magazine; Tikkun; Pasadena Weekly; AOL/Patch (the regular column “Single Moms of South Pasadena”); Angels Flight Literary West; and La Bloga. Her story “Graduation Day at Addiction High,” which originally appeared in Narratively, was also selected for Longread’s “Five Stories on Addiction.“

Carla previously helped others tell their stories through her communications business, iMinds PR. She was the co-founder of the Pasadena Writing Project and has taught creative writing to incarcerated youth through WriteGirl. She played an instrumental role in building a career and education outreach program for Latinas at Women at Work. Carla also worked with the largest urban Indian Clinic, The Seattle Indian Health Board, where she started a program to combat family violence and sexual assault and created a model program for addressing adolescent healthcare, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.

Carla’s goals as a writer and teacher are to give a voice to those who might not otherwise have one and to offer hope for change.

Publications & Prizes

Altadena Literary Review (Shabda Press, 2020)
Pasadena Rose Poets Poetry Collection 2019 (Shabda Press, 2019)
Greetings From Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women (Cleis Press, 2017)
One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays (Black Rose Writing, 2019)
Anti-Heroin Chic
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The Nervous Breakdown

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Any, At Risk Youth, Homelessness, Immigration, Incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teenagers, Veterans, Women
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Seattle, WA
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Seattle, WA
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Last update: Sep 27, 2020