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Welcome! Thanks for visiting my website.

My name is Sam Collier. I'm a playwright, poet, and theater artist. I'm originally from Washington, D.C., and I now divide time between Chicago and northern Michigan, where I am the 2017-19 Writing Fellow with the National Writers Series. I teach in a high school creative writing program called Front Street Writers.

My play A Hundred Circling Camps, which was commissioned by the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, explores the Bonus Army March of 1932 and the history of American political protest. My other plays include Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King (2017 Finalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference); Terrible Light (2017 Chicago Theatre Marathon); Silo Tree (2015 Iowa New Play Festival Production); thing with feathers; and Quiet, Witches.

My poems have appeared in What Rough Beast, SixfoldIron Horse Literary Review, Mortar Magazine, Liminal Stories Magazine, The Puritan, Prompt Press, and Guernica.

I have taught writing with Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College For Kids, Cornell College, the University of Iowa, Indiana Repertory Theater, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, Young Playwrights Theater, and Imagination Stage. I have held residencies and fellowships with the Iowa Lakeside Lab, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, NTI Theatermakers, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. I hold an MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa, where I was a 2015-16 Provost's Visiting Writer. 

Visit my page at the New Play Exchange.