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Samantha Lê | poet

Born in Sadec, Vietnam in the aftermath of war, Samantha Lê immigrated to San Francisco when she was nine.  She now lives amongst the foothills and vineyards of California’s central coast where she writes, paints and reinvents old, family recipes.  A recipient of the James D. Phelan Literary Award and the Donor Circle for the Arts Grant, Lê holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San José State University.  Her publications include Corridors (2001), My Solitude (2003), Little Sister Left Behind (2007) and If You Feel Like It (2015).  Her poetry has appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Hypertrophic Literary, Reed Magazine, Two Thirds North and other fine literary journals.

Having recently completely The Outsiders, a collection of persona poems in the voices of people whose existence is defined by the small space allotted them on the fringe of society, Lê is currently working on Second Name, a poetry collection about her own Vietnamese refugee/immigrant experience.

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