John K. Samson
John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for The Weakerthans, whose five albums have been universally praised by fans and critics alike, and whose extensive touring in Europe and North America over the last dozen years have won them a devoted following.
Their most recent release, Reunion Tour, was nominated for several awards and garnered excellent reviews in publications such as Spin Magazineand The New York Times, where Samson’s writing was lauded as, “precise and melancholy…full of characters and tunes that stick.”
John’s poetry and prose has appeared in Matrix Magazine, Geist, The Believer, and Post-Prairie—an Anthology of New Poetry. He has guest-lectured at the Universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg, British Columbia, and Kwantlen College, and led writing workshops at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference and the Winnipeg and Calgary Folk Festivals.
John lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the inspiration for much of his work, where he’s also the managing editor and co-founder of a small publishing house, Arbeiter Ring Publishing. He also sits on the boards of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers and the Literary Press Group of Canada, and is a curatorial committee member and production manager of the annual Nuna(now) festival of Icelandic and Canadian arts.