Auckland University Press

Sam Sampson

Poet, philosopher, ethnomusicologist.

Photo credit: Harvey Benge

Sam Sampson was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up in Titirangi. He holds an MA in Philosophy from The University of Auckland, and for a number of years was a tutor in the University’s ethnomusicology programme. Alongside his writing he has held various other jobs including technician at a lost-wax foundry, truck driver, orchestral operations, musician and music reviewer.

He is particularly interested in how poetry and the visual arts are related and intertwine and has collaborated with artist Peter Madden in mixed media projects which explore the importance of visual imagery to the poet and the importance of words in the creative process of the visual practitioner.

Sampson’s poetry has been widely published in journals and chapbooks and anthologised in Best New Zealand Poems Online. His first collection with Auckland University Press and Shearsman, Everything Talks, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for the Best First Book of Poetry at the 2009 book awards.