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SAMANTHA THORNHILL is an internationally traveled poet, educator, and curator from Trinidad & Tobago.  She’s been invited to share her versatile works in a variety of contexts across the US, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. After graduating with her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, Samantha moved to New York City, where for the past decade she’s been teaching poetry to actors at The Juilliard School. Additionally, she teaches creative workshops to the elderly, as well as urban and rural youth. Seventeen literary journals and anthologies have featured her poems, and in 2010, Scholastic Books published her ode to the folk legend Odetta in picture book form. In 2014, Russell Simmons hired her to curate and produce poetry videos for his YouTube vertical, All Def Poetry. Samantha is currently collaborating with filmmaker Zac Murphy on a documentary about young women with incarcerated fathers. 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. Since the birth of her son in 2015, Samantha has been traveling the world, and writing articles for Femde, a website for women, created by women.

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