Samantha Nock



Artist, Writer


Samantha is an apihtaw’kos’an poet, writer, and beadwork artist from Treaty 8 territory in Northeast British Columbia, the traditional lands of the Dunne-zaa, Cree, and Saulteaux peoples. Her family is originally from Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak) in Northern Saskatchewan, Treaty 10 territory. At present, Samantha is an uninvited visitor on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Samantha has been published in Shameless Magazine, SAD Magazine, Canadian Art, Ariel: A Review of English Literature, amongst others. Her poem “pahpowin” won 2nd runner up for the 2018 Prism International Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Samantha’s personal essay "Saw Your Instagram," published in the Fall 2018 issue of Canadian Art, was nominated for the 2019 National Magazine Award in the personal journalism category. Recently, Samantha’s poem “pahpowin” was published the 2020 anthology of Best Canadian Poetry, edited by Marilyn Dumont.

In addition to writing, Samantha is co-curator of Poetry is Bad For You, a community poetry reading series, which recently published an anthology of poets from their first year performances. She is also host and producer of Heavy Content, a podcast exploring the representation of fat people in the media. Currently, Samantha is working on her forthcoming unpublished book of poetry and developing her practice as a beadwork artist. When she’s not working on art, she’s hanging out with her two cats: Betty and Jughead, and watering her many many plants.

Samantha Nock, 2023