SAMUEL DU BOIS was born in Chicago and raised near the Gary steel mills. As a teenager he mopped up cow and pig blood from the floors of a butcher shop. At a fast food restaurant, he worked the register when a robber put a gun to the back of Samuel's head. At an old indoor swimming pool, Samuel was a lifeguard. He read novels and poetry while swimmers did their laps at five in the morning. When he was 21, he started teaching in an adult literacy program in classrooms that had once been motel rooms. People in this south side Chicago neighborhood had transformed an abandoned motel into a community center where they would then provide a range of services like adult education, job training, and an after school program for children. In the early 2000s, Samuel would take the stage at The Mestizo on 18thStreet where he'd read poetry. At The Mestizo he met musicians, rappers, and writers. They became close friends and continued their art and advocating for human rights.
Samuel won the Nopales con Cielo Award for non-fiction and fiction which brought him to La Union, New Mexico. Later, he'd win The Friends of American Writer's Scholarship. Samuel had been a columnist at the University of Illinois at Chicago newspaper and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of the memoir: The Line. It is set in Chicago, Gary, Juárez, and Osaka. It is about violence, death, and love. He is also writing a novel, The Hospital. It is set at a public hospital, and it is about a young mother whose five-year-old daughter had died from an antibiotic resistant infection at the very same hospital where she is a nurse in the intensive care unit. Samuel continues to write poetry, short stories, and works of fiction and non-fiction. He is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Coordenadas Magazine which publishes new and established writers, photographers and artists from around the world who now call Chicago home. Samuel lives in Chicago, but you can often find him somewhere in the industrial northwest corner of Indiana where residents simply call it: "The Region".
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