It began in the countryside where fourth generation farmers tilled the hardy soil exposed in large rectangles, outlined by poplars and jack pine. The old Swedish and Norwegian accents could still be heard in the tinkling voices of the elder women who gathered to weave rugs by hand. The sometimes terrifying solitude of the countryside and the beauty of a nature that would somehow spring up through a deeply frozen land profoundly formed Samuel’s perspective.
Samuel E. Cole, a writer of prose and poetry, lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.
His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Apocrypha & Abstractions, Literary Orphans, Foliate Oak, Pure Slush, Empty Sink Publishing, Breathe Free Press, Fix It Broken, A Few Lines, Second Hand Stories, Dryland Lit, Blackheart Magazine, Ascent Aspirations, The Write Launch, RFD Magazine, Flywheel, Dual Coast, Full of Crow, Diddledog, Rathalla Review, Image OutWrite, Storychord, Capra Review, Edify Publi–cations, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Subtle Fiction, The Hungry Chimera, Storgy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Identity Theory, Literary Yard, The Bookends Review, Nixes Mate Review, Winamop, and Blink Ink.
Cole’s first poetry collection, Bereft & the Same-Sex Heart, was published in 2016 by Pski’s Porch Publishing. His second book, Bloodwork, a collection of short stories, was published in 2017 by Pski’s Porch Publishing. His third book, Siren Stitches, a collection of short stories, was published by Three Waters Publishing in October 2017.
He is a key player in adding to the paper trail chronicles of The Minneapolis Writers Workshop and enjoys spending time and energy making memories with family and friends.
Truth Serum Press will publish Samuel’s poetry collection Dollhouse Masquerade in May 2018.