Sam Sampson's first book of poems Everything Talks, was published in 2008 by Auckland University Press (NZ) and Shearsman Books (UK) and won the 2009, NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry.

In 2010, Broken Architecture / Salt Away, a selection of poems, was published as part of the Duets chapbook series, which pairs poets from New Zealand and the United States. In March 2012, he participated in a collaborative exhibition with collage artist Peter Madden at the Ivan Anthony Gallery, and in April, published a collaborative bookwork ...exclusivity dwells in habitat with photographer Harvey Benge. In April 2013, the poem 'All the Everlasting Cataracts' was included in the online collection: Best New Zealand Poems 2012.

In June 2014 a new book of poems Halcyon Ghosts was published through Auckland University Press.

A series of poems from Halcyon Ghosts and Everything Talks, plus a new work 'Distant Trees', was recorded on 1 July 2015, for the Six Pack Sound #2 series, run by Michele Leggott, Tim Page, and Brian Flaherty (nzepc) at the University of Auckland.

He lives in Auckland with his partner, designer Jacinda Torrance and their daughter Lucia.

To get in touch with Sam Sampson:


Alternatively, 021 180 2925