Samantha Warwick (she/her) was born in Montreal, went to high school and university in Vancouver, and currently writes and teaches between Calgary and an ancient cabin on the edge of the Rockies.

Her novel, Sage Island (Touchwood Editions), was nominated for an Alberta Book Award and named one of Canada’s top ten and most commonly taught texts to use sport in literature (AU Press, 2018). Her essays and poetry have been broadcast on CBC and CKUA radios and appeared in various publications including The Globe & Mail, Geist, Event, Dog Eyes Magazine and FASHION. She has also enjoyed writing flash stories for Blindman Brewing seasonal cans, bringing literature into less expected realms.

Samantha directed literary programs, conferences and outreach projects for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta for over a decade, and has interviewed dozens of authors about their books and creative process, including Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See, Cloud Cuckoo Land), Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap), Anna Porter (Kasztner’s Train) and Deborah Willis (Girlfriend on Mars).

In 2019, Sam received a leadership award from United for Literacy for her dedication toward the cause of literacy in Canada. She continues to assist with their annual Giller Light Bash, a fundraiser dedicated to the implementation and delivery of accessible literacy education into vulnerable communities across the country.

Sam is a 240-hour yoga instructor with a special interest in the overlap between creative writing and physical movement, sometimes referred to as embodied writing. She has taught yoga & writing workshops to university students, at yoga studios and for non-profit organizations in British Columbia and Alberta. Her next workshop is on April 28/24.

She is otherwise in the final throes of completing her second novel with the assistance of her fellow-travelling soul-dog, Lulu—to our knowledge, the only trained and qualified rescue-chi turned service dog (medical alert) in the province. Lulu is a two-time graduate of the Assistance Dogs International equivalency assessment overseen by the Government of Alberta Service Dogs Team.