Samantha Schoech was born to hippie parents in San Francisco, where she now lives with her husband and twin toddlers. She earns a living as a magazine editor, writing and editing decidedly tame and upbeat travel stories on California and Mexico, where she spent a good portion of her childhood.
Her short stories have appeared in The Sun, The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, Seventeen and other magazines and books, including Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton). Her second humor anthology, The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater: Beauty, Body Image and Other Hazards of Being Female, co-edited with Lisa Taggart, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Their first anthology, Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day was a Booksense pick (from Samantha's husband who owns a bookstore, but still).
She is a graduate of the writing program at UC Davis and has taught fiction and humor writing to adults a few sullen teens. She is currently writing essays about modern motherhood and her own falling standards and working on a book about failure with Ms. Taggart.
Nina Collins, The Collins Literary Agency
Heifer International, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club
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