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Susan Sample

Susan Sample, a Salt Lake City resident, has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Her poetry has won awards in two recent Utah Arts Council’s Original Writing Competitions; her fiction won an award in Redbook magazine’s Young Writers Contest. She has published in literary journals, with her poems most recently appearing in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Ellipsis, Salt Flats Annual and City Art Journal. Since 2002, Susan has led poetry workshops for the Arts Council at the Youth Transplant Kamp, teaching teenagers who’ve survived organ transplants. She also has taught poetry to children and adults for World Hospice Day at the Huntsman Cancer Center, and to patients with kidney disease and their families. At the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she is a program associate in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Susan teaches reflective writing to medical students. Not all of her teaching involves health and medicine, however. She has served as a writer-in-residence at elementary, junior high, and high schools in the Salt Lake area, and for the Colorado Arts Council. Wherever she teaches poetry, Susan approaches writing as a process of discovery that is both fun and meaningful. Paper and pencils are essential, but so, too, are students’ senses. She encourages them to use all of themselves—ears, eyes, nose, fingers. How does it taste when you imagine being locked out of your house? She might have students draw maps o

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