Hailing from Aotearoa, Sam is an insatiable traveller and award-winning critic, short story writer, and teacher. His first collection of stories, Come the Tide, was published by Platypus Press in 2019. (read a review here). His second collection, on a distant ridgeline is forthcoming later in 2021.

A widely respected literary and music critic, his study of The Short Story in Midcentury America won the 2018 Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize.

His second critical work, Blue Notes: Jazz, Literature, and Loneliness, was published with LSU Press in 2019, and named one of Jazz Times‘ top 3 books of 2019 (read a review here).