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Samantha Hunt


Samantha Hunt stands in the dark with her face illuminated by flash as she smiles towards the camera.

Samantha Hunt is the author of five books. The Seas, about a girl who might be a mermaid; The Dark Dark, a collection of short fictions; Mr. Splitfoot, a ghost story; The Invention of Everything Else about inventor Nikola Tesla; and, most recently, The Unwritten Book, a non-fiction investigation into our relationships with the dead. Hunt is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize and a blue-ribbon winner of the Montgomery Place Apple Pie contest. She was a finalist for the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner. Hunt is mother to three and sister to five. She is gardener, a beekeeper, a wild swimmer, a singer, a walker and a forest enthusiast in Tivoli, New York.

MFA, Writing, Warren Wilson College
BFA, University of Vermont