In 2019, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) awarded her 2nd place in their  quadrennial Creativity Award in Literature for her novella “Transit عبر الحياة”, which she co-wrote with poet Amna Alharmoodi. For June 2019, she has been awarded a scholarship to attend Aspen Words and take a fiction workshop with Tom Barbach, and in July 2019, she was selected to attend Tin House’s fiction class with Karen Shepard.

Recently, she presented on interrogating monolingualism in Beirut, Lebanon. In summer 2018, she presented her work on experiential learning in Utrecht, The Netherlands, at the European First Year Experience Conference. Previously, she has presented her work at conferences in: Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and several cities across the United States. In 2017, Samantha was awarded International Program of the Year Award for her work developing First Year Dialogue, a unique first year seminar in the Gulf, by the International Knowledge Community of NASPA. In 2015, she won the International Abu Dhabi Time Out Magazine Poetry Competition.

In the past, she served as the Associate Editor for the She’s the First Poetry Anthology. Samantha has also worked part-time as a Special Correspondent for AFAR magazine and for Weight Watchers Magazine. Samantha has been published in Travel + LeisureAFARHell Gate ReviewTime OutTuck MagazineHEADWAYF word magazineSingapore Unboundamong others.

Samantha likes to remember some advice Toni Morrison gave her own students: “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

Samantha is a first-generation college student, and she is full of gratitude for the village(s) who got her to where she is today. She is a joyful graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.Ed).


Reading Short Stories

400 short stories: story 319

story: “A Visit of Charity” author: Eudora Welty year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: Great introduction from Ann Patchett to Welty’s The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. a line: “ ‘Did you come to be our little good for a while?’ the first robber asked.” theme(s): Old Age, Old women, Charity, health

400 short stories: story 317

story: “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” author: Mavis Gallant year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: reread a line: “Snow, which he tasted, melted on her hands. His gesture of licking snow from her hands was formal as a handshake.” theme(s): Self-delusion, expatriate life, storytelling, loyalty


Some online things from fall 2018-2019


Shitty Science Experience

Tell Her It’s Her Fault

Of Men & Beasts


Khasab, Oman

We Take What We’re Given

Travelers & Artists

Fridha Kahlo: Making Herself an Exhibit

Japanese Connections at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Everyone Wants a Working Class Origin Story Without having a Working Class Origin Story


out of (the) blue

a history of pet monkeys with camille alaphilippe

The Venetian Princess of Dubai

the zagros

stuart highway

the pyrenées

i want to wear a qipáo too

workshop in an abu dhabi library


The Hinge (audio)

Flamingo Lake

Moving/Singing Through the Lands of Men Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train‘s Fiction Open Winter 2019/top 10% of the entries in this Fiction Open

Some older online things 

Collapsing (originally in Hell Gate Review)/ Audio version

*Learning Tagalog in Arabia

*Capitalizations not representative of original print publication

Tuck Magazine

Poems about Samantha

Friends who write poems to friends


Education and Teaching Schools in the US 美国教育及师范类学校申请

Chicago Tribune Reader of the Week

Gulf News Education


Recent International Awards

2nd Place Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) Creativity Award in Literature, 2019 for Samantha’s short story “Transit عبر الحياة”, which was co-written with poet Amna Alharmoodi.

Best Practices in International Education Award for International Programing, 2016-First Year Dialogue, Samantha Neugebauer; NASPA International Education Knowledge Community

This award recognizes the top international program to advance awareness and global perspective in college students through campus-based initiatives, projects, and conglomerates, all sponsored by student affairs organizations. The Best Practices in International Education Award seeks to recognize domestic and international colleagues and institutions for exceptional work related to international higher education. This award will be presented at the annual NASPA Annual Conference International Symposium in Austin, Texas, USA, in March 2016.

1st Place– Abu Dhabi Time Out Magazine International Poetry Competition 2015

New York Women in Communications $10,000 USD Carlozzi Family Fiction Award, 2008