Lesson in Escapism

Samantha Chen

About the author…

Samantha Chen is a first-year student and poet at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She draws upon the tenuous relationship between space and body, extraterrestrials and tenderness, childhood trauma and burning at the stake, to write poetry. Currently, she is an intern at Catamaran Literary Reader and editor at Red Wheelbarrow and Matchbox Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys creating oil paintings, sitting in her bathtub, and petting stray cats.