Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Port Townsend, Washington.
Kevin Sampsell is an American writer living in Portland, Oregon. He has worked at Powell’s Book Store since 1998 as an events coordinator and the head of the small press section. His memoir, A Common Pornography, was published by Harper Perennial in January 2010. Tin House published his novel, This Is Between Us (2013), about a man and woman, both divorced, trying to start a life together. His short fiction has been published in literary journals such as Quick Fiction, LIT, Hobart, and Opium Magazine and on the websites McSweeney’s, Nerve, Failbetter, Pindeldyboz, and Night Train. He is the editor of Portland Noir and The Insomniac Reader and the author of two story collections, Beautiful Blemish and Creamy Bullets. His nonfiction has been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, Relix, Portland Monthly, The Rumpus, Best Sex Writing 2010, Best American Essays 2013, and the Associated Press.
Sampsell has been the publisher of Future Tense Books since 1990. Representative authors include Elizabeth Ellen, Gary Lutz, Myriam Gurba, Mike Topp, Chelsea Hodson, Shane Allison, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Troy James Weaver. In 2016 he published a story collection by Monica Drake. While teaching an after-school writing class, Sampsell met 14-year-old Zoe Trope and published her journal entries as a 44-page chapbook called, Please Don’t Kill The Freshman. Fast sales of the chapbook led to an expanded version published by HarperTempest in October 2003.
Since early 2014, Sampsell started making collage art and has been heavily involved in promoting the art form through a column on The Rumpus website and in published articles elsewhere. He also hosts a monthly collage night that is open to the public at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland and contributes to Kolaj Magazine.