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.

When not writing stories, he is usually writing about them; his critical work, The Short Story in Midcentury America, won the 2018 Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize.

Sam also writes widely on race, literature, and music. His second critical work, Blue Notes: Jazz, Literature, and Loneliness, was published with LSU Press earlier this year.