Autman, Samuel A., MFA
Richard W. Peck Professor of Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English
Samuel Autman's first literary impulse as a child was writing personal essays for church newsletters and school newspapers. Later, when becoming a news reporter for the Tulsa World, The Salt Lake Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The San Diego Union Tribune, he found great joy in crafting narratives and personal columns. His essay “Invisible Nails” won first place in the 2015 Disquiet International Literary Contest in nonfiction and is now available in THE KEPT SECRET: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction published by the Michigan State University Press. His other essays have appeared in THE CHALK CIRCLE: Prizewinning Intercultural Essays, BLACK GAY GENIUS: Answering Joseph Beam's Call, Ninth Letter, The Common Reader, Under the Gum Tree, The Little Patuxent Review, Bonfires, PANORAMA: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, Memoir Magazine, Brevity and the forthcoming The St. Louis Anthology. The award-winning short film “A Long Walk” https://vimeo.com/99293805 was adapted for the screen and played in national film festivals.