Samantha Schoech is the co-editor of the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and Other Hazards of Being Female and Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day.
Her travel pieces, personal essays, and lifestyle articles appear in books and magazines such as The Risks of Sunbathing Topless, Travel & Leisure, and San Francisco Magazine, but can be found most often in Sunset where she was a senior editor in both the Travel and Home departments and is still a regular contributor and special projects editor.
Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and books including Seventeen, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Glimmer Train and Flash Fiction Forward (Norton, 2006).
She received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis and has taught writing at Davis, the University of San Francisco, and at local bookstores. For many years she ran the author series at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books in San Francisco, where she got to meet a great many of her literary heroes. She currently works as the Program Director of Independent Bookstore Day.
Other claims to fame include once starring in a TV commercial for her beloved San Francisco Giants, doing voices for characters like “Stevie the Stoolie” in Mark Fiore’s Pulitzer Prize-winning political animations, and being able to imitate most accents.
She lives in San Francisco with her family.
Here she is competing in the Literary Death Match in 2010.