David Anthony Sam

Congratulations to David Anthony Sam, winner of Poetry Quarterly’s annual Rebecca Lard Award. The winning poem will be published in the spring issue along with several other poems by this year’s winner!

Born in Pennsylvania, David Anthony Sam is the proud grandson of peasant immigrants from Poland and Syria. For much of his life, he lived and worked in the Detroit area, graduating from Eastern Michigan University (BA, MA) and Michigan State (Ph.D.). He lives now in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda. Sam’s poetry has appeared in over 80 journals and publications and he has five published collections including Final Inventory (Prolific Press 2018). His chapbook Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of GFT Press Chapbook Contest. He currently teaches creative writing at Germanna Community College, from where he retired as President in 2017. He serves on the Board of the Virginia Poetry Society.

In 2018, his poems were accepted by The Big Windows Review, Blue Unicorn, Burningword Literary Journal, Carbon Culture Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Dime Show Review, Dual Coast Magazine, The Flexible Persona, Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review, Half Mystic Review, Heron Tree, IO Literary Journal, The Magnolia Review. The Mystic Blue Review, The Pangolin Review, Parenthesis Journal, Peach Tree Tavern, Peeking Cat Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Red Queen Literary Magazine, Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, Two Cities Review, The Voices Project, Weary Blues Magazine, and The Write Place at the Write Time.