David Anthony Sam

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About the Poet

Born in Pennsylvania, David Anthony Sam is the proud grandson of peasant immigrants from Poland and Syria. For much of his life, he lived and worked in the Detroit area, graduating from Eastern Michigan University (BA, MA) and Michigan State (Ph.D.). Over his career he has been a retail salesman and then partner/manager of a small music and electronics store, a college adult and transfer advisory, a student services administrator, a community college dean, a vice president for academic affairs and workforce development, and then retired after 10 years as Germanna Community Collee’s fifth president. He lives now in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Sam has written poetry and other work for over fifty years. His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals and publications and his poem, “First and Last,” won the 2018 Rebecca Lard Award. His collection, Writing the Significant Soil, was awarded the 2021 Poetry Prize at Homebound Publications whose imprint, Wayfarer Books, will publish in the Summer of 2022. Six other collections are in print including Final Inventory (Prolific Press 2018), Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson, the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the GFT Press Chapbook Contest and Dark Fathers (Kelsay Book: 2019).

He currently teaches creative writing at Germanna Community College and serves as regional Vice President on the Board of the Virginia Poetry Society.

From Haunted Waters Press



Virginia City or County Affiliation


Years of Residence in Virginia


Current City/State of Residence

Locust Grove, VA





Year of Birth



Relationships, Ecology, Social commentary

Published Works or Performances

  • Dark Fathers. Kelsay Books, 2019.
  • Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves. Dark Land Publishing, 2014.
  • Final Inventory. Prolific Press, 2018. (Chapbook)
  • Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickenson. GFT Press, 2016. (Chapbook)
  • Early in the Day. Dark Land Publishing, 2014. (Chapbook)
  • Dark Land, White Light. Create Space Independent Publishing, 1974, 2014. (Chapbook)

Selected Individual Poems or Performances

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David Anthony Sam