Sam Truitt came into the world in Washington, DC in 1960. He was raised in Tokyo, Japan by a visual-artist mother and father whose work was a news executive.
Sam Truitt received a BA degree from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and his MFA degree from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He holds a Ph.D. degree from SUNY-Albany, New York, where he also teaches now.
Mr. Truitt is a guest lecturer at Bard College where he teaches the Language and Thinking Workshop. He is the Managing Director of Station Hill of Barrytown in the Hudson Valley.
Sam Truitt worked in various positions including stagehand, audio technician, private investigator, and carpenter. He also worked as a journalist, editor, and publicist and taught at Hunter College, Fordham University, the New University, and the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies.Mr.
Truitt is a well-known writer and poet. Some of his most famous books are the Vertical Elegies series that include Anamorphosis Eisenhower (Lost Roads, 1998), Vertical Elegies 5: The Section (Georgia, 2003), Vertical Elegies: Three Works (UDP, 2008), Vertical Elegies 6: Street Mete (Station Hill, 2011), and Dick: A Vertical Elegy (Lunar Chandelier, 2014). The last one has an audiovisual interpretation Dick: A Reading in Strips. His works in digital language arts also include “transverse,” “shaft/state/shaft,” and his audiovisual poetry have been exhibited at the Rothstein Gallery, Tonic and the St. Marks Poetry Project.His poems were published in Western Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, Talisman, Explosive, Boston Review, Jacket, Ploughshares, First Intensity, and other journals.He is also the author of critical writings, some of them may be found in Fulcrum and the American Book Review.Sam Truitt received a lot of professional acknowledgments, some of them are the 2002 Contemporary Poetry Series Award from the University of Georgia and residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and Vermont Studio Center, two Fund for Poetry grants, 2010-2011 George A.
and Eliza Howard Fellowship and others.