Samantha Thornhill is a Trinidadian-born poet, children’s author and educator. After graduating with her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, the Cave Canem alum relocated to New York City, where she has spent over a decade teaching poetry to actors at The Juilliard School, and elsewhere. She is frequently invited to perform her versatile works both nationally and internationally. She has published children’s books with Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, and poems in over two-dozen literary journals and anthologies. She is a founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, which was profiled in the New York Times for its dynamic, pop up poetry performances in public spaces. Her third children’s title, A Card For My Father was published by Penny Candy Books in 2018.