Samantha Thornhill is a Trinidadian-born poet, children’s author and educator. She received her BA in English from Florida State University, where she began performing her work. After graduating with her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, Samantha relocated to New York City, where she spent a decade teaching poetry to actors at The Juilliard School and performing her versatile works on stages across the US, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Additionally, she served as writer in residence at The Bronx Academy of Letters, and taught senior citizen writing workshops for Poets & Writers Inc. In 2010, Scholastic Books published her ode to the folk legend Odetta in picture book form, which received starred reviews in Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly & Kirkus. She has been published in over two-dozen literary journals and anthologies, such as The Breakbeat Poets. She is the founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, which was profiled in the New York Times for their dynamic, pop up poetry performances in public spaces. Her third children’s title, “A Card For My Father” is forthcoming from Penny Candy Books in Spring of 2018. Her website is www.samanthaspeaks.com.