Now working as independent researcher, Julie Sampson trained as musician/teacher and later achieved a PhD on the subject of the American writer, H.D., at the University of Exeter. She taught music, then creative writing, at various colleges in the Southwest; her last post was as visiting lecturer in English at the University of the West of England.
Julie has written since she was a child: her first tiny success was winning a children's short story competition set by a local rural group. More recently, her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, anthologies and online. Her work was included in Making Worlds; One Hundred Contemporary Women Poets, 2003, eds. Myra Schneider, Dilys Wood and Gladys Mary Coles. In 1999 one of her poems was runner-up in the Exeter Poetry Prize. More recently she's focused her research on women writers from the Southwest, especially from Devon; papers on the C16 Anne Dowriche have been published in Transactions of the Devonshire Association; an essay on H.D. in Devon appeared on the HD's Web newsletter; her edition of Lady Mary Chudleigh's Selected Poems was published by Shearsman, in 2009. Tessitura, her first full length poetry collection was also published by Shearsman, in 2013.
Currently Julie is completing a book about Devon's women writers, (working title Women W/rites; Devon Sites). She also has a website, www.juliesampson.com and keeps an occasional blog, http://scrapblogfromthesouth-west.blogspot.co.uk/