March 12, 2014
Samantha Dunn, author of the memoirs Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life
and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation
, will give a presentation at Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Valley Campus, 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, on Wednesday, March 19th from 11:30am – 1:00pm in room 927 of the Technology Building.
The event is free and open to the public. In addition to reading from her work, she will also address questions from the audience regarding writing.
The reading/presentation is offered by the Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Valley Campus English Department in association with Poets & Writers, Inc.
Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and 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.
Samantha’s work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited with writer Julianne Ortale. Other recent collections showcasing her work include the Seal Press releases Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small and Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up.
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. She has also written for the stage, as a co-creator of the show “American Ese,” and has taken a few turns screenwriting as a member of the Writers Guild of America. Samantha teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the Idyllwild Arts Center in California, and was a longtime writer-in-residence at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.