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Samantha Slupski is a writer, poet, and mental health advocate based in the Midwest. Her work centers around how a body survives trauma, how trauma effects memory, and uses her poetry to learn what it means to write and exist inside joy.
She is artist-in-residence at CENTER (Feb 22nd-March 3rd), currently serves as the Executive Director of Poetic Underground, which was awarded Best Poetry Open Mic by The Music & More Foundation in 2018, Slam Master of Kansas City Poetry Slam, was nominated for "Best Host" by the Music & More Foundation in 2018, is a board member for Fountainverse, the Kansas City Small Press Poetry Fest, was an 2017 ARTS KC grant recipient, was voted the 2nd best spoken word artist in The Pitch Magazine's Best of 2017, and works at Imagine That!, a non-profit arts studio teaching and supporting artists with developmental disabilities
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, and was a member of the 2018 Kansas City Poetry Slam National Slam Team.
Her first book of poetry was published by EMP Press in Kansas City, MO (2017), has been published in various online journals such Pressure Gauge Press, Blue Mountain Review, the This Much project, and Gasconade Review (forthcoming), and has been published on the Write About Now Youtube Channel.