Jamie Samdahl is a poet and naturalist from Princeton, Massachusetts.
An alumna of Smith College, she studied American Music History, Buddhism, and Poetry. At Smith she had the honor of working closely with poets Ellen Doré Watson and Joan Larkin. Before graduating, Samdahl won the 92nd annual Glascock Poetry Competition, as well as the Tryon Prize for Writing and the Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize.
Samdahl’s work has been published in Rattle, Washington Square Review, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner’s Journal, and elsewhere. Her poems grapple with such shadowy and vast topics as mental illness, life in the wilderness, and the untimely death of a lover.
An environmentalist as much as a poet, Samdahl has worked in natural resource interpretation and environmental education since earning her bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2015. Samdahl has taught at Rocky Mountain National Park, New Hampshire State Parks, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. In 2017, she was awarded Walter Fry Award for Excellence in Interpretation.
Samdahl currently reads for the editorial board of Frontier Poetry, as well as working as a park ranger in Great Basin National Park.