About Sam

Samuel Ligon is currently writing and publishing a serial novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—which will appear in fifty installments in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander, as well as online, on Spokane Public Radio, and as a podcast. Ligon is the author of four previous books of fiction, including two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland,  illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. Ligon is co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. His stories have appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and elsewhere. His essays appear in the Inlander. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

“Sam is simultaneously one of the most laid back and yet enthusiastic editors I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is, above all else, an excellent person, while also managing to be a hell of a writer. He seems to me a model for what a person in the world of language should be: courageous and yet open minded, enthusiastic and yet no nonsense, giving, attentive, rad. Wise blood, as it were, and most certainly a massive person.”

Blake Butler, HTML Giant

About the artist

Stephen Knezovich is a writer, editor, and artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the the director of marketing and publicity for Creative Nonfiction magazine, In Fact Books, and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s educational programs. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. His work can be seen at the new gravy cake.


Photo credits: “No, Sam,” by Heather Malcolm; “Mount Rushmore Sam,” by Kate Lebo