Sam White

(401) 837-5438




          1997-1999               MFA, English (Poetry)

           Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Iowa City,

           1991-1995               BA, Studio Art, Creative Writing

          Colby College, Waterville, ME

                       Cum Laude, Senior Scholar’s Fellow, Presidential Purchase Award,

          Dean’s List—seven semesters



2016-Present   Ghostbutter Tees / Owner

                         Manages all aspects of an a screen printing shop, including design, production, distribution and marketing. 

2015-Present   Freelance Illustrator and Muralist            

                         Contracts and recent commissions include work for Rhode Island Food Policy Council, Boston Globe, Loft LLC, American Mathematical Society                          Notices.               

2013-2015          Artistic DirecrorDirector of Operations, Aurora

Co-designed, oversaw construction, and daily operations of award-winning 200 person capacity event space, live music venue, and craft cocktail bar in downtown Providence. Directed all operations, created programmming, coordinated private rentals, and managed staff and facility.  In 2014, Aurora was named "Editor's Choice, Best Event Space" by Rhode Island Monthly.


2005-2013          Founder/CreativeDirector, Wooly Fair, Wooly Productions Inc.

Created and directed Providence's annual art carnival, which annually draws thousands of of people and hundreds of volunteers, managing all aspects of its operation from conception of site plan to build out of environments, to enlistment of entertainment and talent, to overseeing activities and volunteers leading up to and during the event. 


2011-Present     Tape Artist, Tape Art

As part of the Tape Art team, created large scale murals in Providence, RI and beyond and taught Tape Art as a means for corporate creativity training primarily at the General Electric training campus in Crotonville, NY.


2006-Present      Production Editor, The American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI,

 Managed the final production and editorial stages of a large volume of research mathematics books. Duties include copyediting, coordinating, and producing volumes as well as managing consistent contact with multiple authors and editors.



               2005-07             Adjunct Faculty, ENG 205, ENG 243, The University of Rhode Island,

South Kingston, RI

Taught poetry workshop and short fiction literature class toURI undergraduates. Guided development of writing and analytical skills through intensive analysis of modern and contemporary poetry and fiction.


2006-07             Adjunct Faculty, The New England Insitute of Art, Brookline, MA

Taught Intro to Lit class toNEIA undergraduates. Guided development of writing and analytical skills through intensive analysis of modern and contemporary poetry and fiction.


                           Spring/2000     Poetry Workshop Instructor, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston MA

Taught semester-long after-school workshop to high school students with an emphasis on development of writing skills through study of modern and contemporary poets. 


1998-1999               Creative Writing Instructor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Taught multiple creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry workshops to University undergraduates. Focused on developing students’ creative and critical faculties through the study of 20th century literature and frequent writing assignments.



7/2013              Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Individual Project Grant Winner

7/2010              Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Individual Project Grant Winner

10/2004            MacDowell Fellowship in Poetry

2/2000              Vermont Studio Center Residency

1996                 The Grolier Poetry Prize (runner up)


                           BOOK PUBLICATIONS

The Goddess of the Hunt is Not Herself  (Poetry , Slope Editions, 2005)


Summer of Cecily (Illustration, Bunker Hill Publishing, 2004)



I have published poems, essays, and book reviews in such reputable journals as Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, The Boston Review, Both, Conduit, The Colorado Review, The Cream City Review, The Canary, Crowd,, The 1996 Grolier Poetry Prize, The Harvard Review, Jubilat, Keyhole, Lit, Map Literary, The Paris Review, Perihelion, Poets & Writers, Ploughshares,, Typo Mag, Verse, and Volt.



Isn’t It Romantic; 100 Love Poems By Younger American Poets

Edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer & Aimee Kelley (Verse Press, 2004)

The Autumn House Anthology of American Poems and Prayers

Edited by Robert Strong (Autumn House Press, 2007)


                        OTHER DISTINCTIONS

2003-2005          Condo Association President, Monohasset Mill, Providence, RI

Organized meetings, set agendas, mediated disputes, facilitated life for Monohasset's live/work community of artists.

2004-9/2009      Board of Directors, The Steel Yard, Providence, RI