Samantha Neugebauer lives in the UAE. She is an Associate Instructor at NYU Abu Dhabi and previously, she worked in student affairs supporting first year students. She is on the editorial board of the literary magazine Painted Bride Quarterly. Hear her discussing poetry on recent episodes of Slush Pile.
She is a first generation college graduate from Philadelphia and spent five years living in New York City. In the past, she served as the Associate Editor for the She’s the First Poetry Anthology. In summer 2016, Samantha worked part-time as a Special Correspondent for AFAR magazine. She has also worked or studied in London, Shanghai, and Barcelona. 她是中国的朋友. 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 and universities in: Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and several cities across the United States.
Samantha writes stories and poetry, studies languages and histories, and volunteers for social responsibility. In 2015, she won the International Abu Dhabi Time Out Magazine Poetry Competition. 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. Samantha has been published in Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Hell Gate Review, Time Out, Tuck Magazine, HEADWAY, F word magazine, Postscript, among 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.”