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Samantha Slupski is a writer, poet, and mental health advocate from the Midwest. Her work centers around how a body survives trauma and aims to illuminate stories about mental health.
Samantha headlined the Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival in Melbourne, Australia in June 2018, has competed in Texas Grand Slam 2016, 2017, and 2018, was a Winter Tangerine NYC Workshop recipient in 2019, was an artist-in-residence at CENTER in 2019, and was a member of the 2018 Kansas City Poetry Slam National Slam Team.
She was nominated for "Best Host" by the Music & More Foundation in 2018, and was nominated for “Poet of the Year” and “Spirit of the Poetry Community” in 2019. She was an 2017 ARTS KC grant recipient, was voted the 2nd best spoken word artist in The Pitch Magazine's Best of 2017. She is the former Executive Director of Poetic Underground, which was awarded Best Poetry Open Mic by The Music & More Foundation in 2018, and is the former Slam Master of Kansas City Poetry Slam,
Her first book of poetry was published by EMP Press in Kansas City, MO (2017), has been published in various online journals such What Are Birds Journal, Pressure Gauge Press, Blue Mountain Review, the This Much project, and Gasconade Review, and has been published on the Write About Now Youtube Channel.