About Sam

Writer | Researcher | Critic | Teacher | Creative Consultant

Sam VH Reese

Short story nerd | Sam’s stories have appeared in literary magazines in the US, UK, and Aotearoa New Zealand, winning prizes including (most recently) the Lazuli Literary Groups’s 2018 fiction prize. His first collection, Come the Tide, is published with Platypus Press.

Award-winning critic | A versatile and engaging critic, Sam has written essays on surrealism and American fiction, the gender politics of cultural criticism, and why you need to read the stories of Mary McCarthy. His first book, The Short Story in Midcentury America, won the 2018 Arthur Miller Prize; his second critical work, Blue Notes: Jazz, Literature, and Loneliness, has been listed as a book to watch for 2019.

Inspiring and innovative educator | Currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University, Sam formerly taught at the University of Sydney, where his inspirational teaching was recognised with an Excellence award. He works at the cutting edge of creative pedagogy, winning grants in 2016 and 2017 to research and develop new models of active blended learning. He is also deeply invested in ongoing learning and wider participation, hosting public talks and interviews, running open writing workshops through literary festivals, and speaking on jazz and literature for radio stations in the US and UK.

Creative Consultant | Sam believes it is through stories that we understand both ourselves and the world around us—that it is through stories that we make connections between the two. Over the last ten years he has worked as a writer, researcher, and consultant for arts groups and law firms, private colleges and travel companies, pharmaceutical firms and the New Zealand government.

You can contact Sam at svhreese (at) gmail.com