Reading with Dr. Suzanne Samples: An account of living, teaching and writing with terminal brain cancer

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421

5:30 p.m.

This reading is free and open to the public

Appalachian State University faculty member Dr. Suzanne Samples reads from her humorous and heartbreakingly real memoir “Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild,” an account of living, teaching and writing with terminal brain cancer at age 36.

In addition to “Frontal Matter” and the novel “A Mad Girl’s Song” (2016), Samples’ short works have been published by Firewords, Dime Show Review, Cardinal Sins, The Gateway Review, Atlas + Alice and Glassworks Magazine. 

Samples grew up in West Virginia, loves roller derby and lives with a menagerie of literary-named pets. She teaches English and Writing in the Department of English, located in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian. She earned a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from Auburn University.

This event is supported by the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact Dr. Jessica Martell ( with any questions. 


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Book jacket to Dr. Suzanne Samples memoir “Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild.”
Published: Jan 11, 2019 2:40pm