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Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn is the author of "Failing Paris," a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award, and the memoirs "Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life" and "Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation." A widely published journalist, her bylines are regularly featured in InStyle, Glamour, SELF, Men's Health and others. She has also written for the stage, as a co-creator of the show American Ese, and has taken a few turns screenwriting as a member of the Writers Guild of America. Samantha teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the Idyllwild Arts Center in California, and was a longtime writer-in-residence at the New York State Summer Writers Institute. A former specialty features writer for The Orange County Register, Samantha lives in Orange, California, with her husband, musician/politico Jimmy Camp, and their son, Ben.