"SAMANTHA THORNHILL IS ONE OF THOSE BRILLIANT POETS WHOSE WRITING TALENT IS A RARE MIX OF GRIT, SOUL AND MUSIC. SHE INSPIRES THE POET IN EACH OF US AND GIVES THE HEART A PLACE TO ENJOY THE POWER OF WORDS."
- Andrea Davis Pinkney, VP Scholastic Press -
After graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Virginia, Samantha taught poetry at the Juilliard School for 10 years. Dozens of literary journals have published her poems, and she has produced three poetry CD's. Known for her uniquely penetrating performances, Samantha regularly travels to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean to perform poems.
Samantha's writing is versatile. As a freelancer, she's written company newsletters, as well as articles, editorials and book reviews for online platforms and print magazines. In 2007, she published a chapter book with Simon & Schuster. In 2010, Scholastic published her poem in picture book form. Odetta Queen of Folk received starred reviews from School Library Journal, and Publisher's Weekly.
Samantha often uses her skills to be of service to others. Teaching creative writing workshops in school and community settings, facilitating diversity workshops for companies, coaching writing online, producing video content, and curating book projects as well as live events are Samantha's many offerings to clients.
"Samantha Thornhill is a wordsmith of the highest caliber. Powerful and playful, wise and wicked, laced with unfogettable images and deeply original ideas, her poems are the music to the kind of world I want to live in."
- Adam Mansbach, Author -
Samantha Speaks TV
Books & CDs
Odelicious Poems CD
Odetta picture book
Watch Me Swing- Poems w/ Martin Espada
The BreakBeat Poets
"SAMANTHA'S PASSION, TALENT AND INCREDIBLE WARMTH MADE FOR A SPACE WHERE WE COULD ALL BE OUR TRUEST SELVES AND THUS DISCOVER AND DELIVER OUR TRUEST WORK."