Samantha DeFlitch


Portsmouth, NH

Author's Bio

Samantha is the author of Confluence (Broadstone Books, 2021). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, Appalachian Review, On the Seawall, Hobart, Literary Accents, and Rust+Moth, among others. She is the recipient of a Teach! Write! Play! Fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing; additionally, she was a finalist in the 2020 Tupelo Press Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic Open Call, and her manuscript was deemed a Manuscript of Extraordinary Merit in the 2019 Tupelo Press Open Reading Period. Her poem "Spring Sign" won the 2021 Sandy River Review Comfort Contest, and her poem "I am a Parking Chair" took second place in the 2021 Cheltenham Poetry Festival Single Poem Contest. She is the recipient of the 2018 Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry, as judged by Shelley Girdner.

​Samantha hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire in 2018, where she was a writing instructor and taught composition and poetry courses. She also coordinated the MFA reading series Read Free or Die in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and read for the program's literary journal, Barnstorm. She was a recipient of the 2018 Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship, which supported her research on the representation of the Pittsburgh dialect in poetry. She has taught writing courses at Great Bay Community College, and also works as a developmental editor. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center at UNH, where she collaborates with undergraduate and graduate students to help them develop transferable writing skills and passion for writing and research. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Northeast Writing Centers Association, and provides support for the UNH Writing Committee and Writing Program. 

A former member of the Appalachian Mountain Club hut croo, Samantha enjoys hiking and trail running in the White Mountains. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with her corgi dog, Moose.

Publications & Prizes

Confluence (Broadstone Books, 2021)
Appalachian Review
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On the Seawall
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Prizes won: 

Dick Shea Award for Poetry, Sandy River Review Comfort Contest, Cheltenham Poetry Festival Single Poem Contest (Second Prize) 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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Last update: May 06, 2021