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Staff Profile

Sam Reese


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Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, I won several writing awards at Victoria University of Wellington, including the Wai-Te-Ata Press Award, before moving to Sydney to complete my PhD in English Literature.

I am a well-respected literary and music critic. My 2017 book, The Short Story in Midcentury America, won the Arthur Miller First Book Award, while my study on jazz, literature, and loneliness, Blue Notes, was named one of Jazz Times’ top 3 jazz books of 2019.

My short fiction has been published in magazines in Aoteaora, the UK, and the US, winning a number of prizes, including the Lazuli Literary Prize and the Brittle Star Award. My first book-length collection, Come the Tide, was published in 2019 with Platypus Press. A second collection, On a Distant Ridgeline, is forthcoming in 2021. You can find some of my fiction on my website:


I teach on the Creative Writing course at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

I am interested in supervising research and/or creative projects that focus on the short story or novel forms; that use myth or magical realism; historical fiction projects; and projects that draw on the world of music, or musical aesthetics.

I teach on the following courses: 

  • BA in Creative Writing
  • MA in Creative Writing
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • PhD in Creative Writing



Alongside a long history of the short story, I am continuing to develop my research into loneliness and storytelling.

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