Samantha K Smith

Writer. Reader. Adjunct Instructor. Marketer. MFA grad.

“Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art.”

—   Virginia Woolf  (via thelostdeer)

(Source:, via booklover)

“I wear a bracelet of a peacock feather to remind me of Flannery. To remind me that it is okay to write controversial things, to have faith but still question it, to embrace the grotesque and shocking and ugly. She churned out writing, even in ill health, which I think of when I just don’t feel like putting pen to paper.”

“Usually about eleven o’clock in the morning, she returns to the studio lugging bags of fruit and bread and cheese, milk and coffee and chocolate. She is so much alone. Here in Brooklyn she sees no one all day. Her husband is at work, her son is away. She wishes there were someone beside her, someone to talk to, to listen to, to help her lug the bags. She had thought the move and her son’s going to college would leave her more time with her husband, but in fact she has less. Out the window the buildings across the street are old and beautiful and mute. Brownstones and wooden houses, architectural flights of fancy or stolid four-square bourgeois abodes. She wonders who lives across from her, who could see her if they bothered to look at her pale, pinched face hovering there at the third floor window. Out there is the celestial city, New York, dazzling, ever-changing, ceaselessly morphing into the next new thing. Impossible to keep up with or to know completely. From the Promenade, Manhattan glitters and intrigues. Her elbow on the arm of her chair, she props her chin on the heel of her hand, stares and stares and stares and wants to forget herself in imaginative reverie.”

—   Julie Hart

“I prefer silence to sound, and the image produced by words occurs in silence.”

“You have to get all of the crap writing out of your system before you get to the good writing.”

—   A professor of mine (via bookshelves-infinity)

(via onewritersworld)



arsonist by Kyle Thompson

(Source: story-dj, via anvi-inspiration)

Tottenville Review » Reviews » The Landscape of Vulnerability: Maria Venegas’ ‘Bulletproof Vest’

The memoir is as much about cultural obstacles and the struggle of assimilation as it is a complex, heart wrenching father daughter relationship. It’s not a surprise when we learn Jose Manuel Venegas had already been at work on his own corrido, before his death and before his daughter even had a chance to set his story to paper. A ballad, after all, is a love story, and Bulletproof Vest never disappoints. Our narrator expresses great depth over the many pieces of her family history traversing borders, cultural boundaries, and country lines, making this book read like great cowboy legend.”

My review of Maria Venegas’ debut memoir BULLETPROOF VEST for tottenvillereview.