Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris (Toby Press), a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and the memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life (Henry Holt & Co.), a BookSense 76 pick. Her most recent memoir, Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation, is published by Henry Holt & Co. Samantha's work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles (Toby Press), which Dunn co-edited with writer Julianne Ortale.Dunn's essays have appeared in numerous national publications including the Los Angeles Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Ms., and Shape. In 2000 Dunn received the Maggie Award for Best Personal Essay in a Consumer Publication. A widely published journalist, Dunn's bylines are regularly featured in InStyle, Glamour, SELF, Men's Health and a variety of other consumer magazines. She has also written for the stage, as a co-creator of the show "American Ese." Dunn teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and is a writer-in-residence at the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Dunn lives in Southern California with her husband, musician/politico Jimmy Camp and their son Ben.