Samantha Lê is a poet and novelist whose work, with its whimsical images toothsome, buoyant sounds, is an amuse-bouche that lingers on the tip of the tongue, that first surprising taste at the table exquisitely set. A recipient of several James D. Phelan Literary Awards, the Santa Clara County Poetry Prize and The Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts Grant for Writer-in-Residence of the “East Side Voices Project,” Lê holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. Born in Sadec, Vietnam, Lê currently resides in San Luis Obispo, California.

Lê’s publications include Corridors (a collection of poetry and short stories), My Solitude (a collection of poetry set to jazz), Little Sister Left Behind (a novel inspired by biographical events) and If You Feel Like It (a children’s book).  Her poetry was selected for San Luis Obispo County’s “From Soul to Paper” and Santa Clara County’s “Poetry on the Move” projects and has appeared in Able Muse, The Aurorean, Bayou Magazine,  Common Ground Review, Pampelmousse and Two Thirds North. The editor and designer of two collections of poetry, fiction and essays written by San Francisco inner-city youths: The Paths We Take: Many Stories One Journey, sponsored by The Youth Leader Institute’s Student Action Fund & The Walter S. Johnson Foundation and Powerful Whispers Breaking Barriers, sponsored by The Understanding Cesar Chavez through Literacy and Action Project, Lê is currently working on her second poetry collection.


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