Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award, as well as the memoirs Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life, a BookSense 76 pick, and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation, which has been in development at Lifetime Television.
Samantha's essays have appeared in numerous national publications including the Los Angeles Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Ms., and Shape. In 2000 she received the Maggie Award for Best Personal Essay in a Consumer Publication. A widely published journalist, her bylines are regularly featured in InStyle, Glamour, SELF, Men's Health and a variety of other consumer magazines.
Samantha's work is anthologized in a number of places, including Cherished, edited by Barbara Abercrombie; The Time of My Life, edited by Rob Spillman; Damage Control, edited by Emma Forrest; and Another City, edited by David Ulin. She also created and co-edited the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles (Toby Press).
She has also written for the stage and television, and is a member of the writers Guild of America. A writer-in-residence for many years at the New York State Summer Writers Institute, Samantha now teaches memoir and personal essay in the UCLA Extension Writers Program, and is an active supporter of many PEN USA programs.
She lives in Southern California with her husband, musician/politico Jimmy Camp and their son, Benen. Visit her website at www.samanthadunn.net.