Contributor Update, Sara Sams

Join Superstition Review in congratulating one of our past faculty advisors, Sara Sams, on her forthcoming book, Atom City, out May 14th. Atom City is a collection of poems exploring the topic of the atomic bomb and The Manhattan Project’s creation of the city Oak Ridge. Inspired by historian Peter Bacon Hales’ Atomic Spaces, Sara’s work takes the perspective of an observer contemplating and witnessing such concepts as, “the rhetoric of the Manhattan Engineering District, the militarization of scientific conversations, the mythologized stories of the local residents of Oak Ridge Valley before it was condemned, the use of such myths to underscore the morality of the bomb, current exhibits at the American Museum of Science and Energy, [her] own family’s participation in the Project and the stories they’ve hot-potato’d since, the atomification of so much of [her] hometown (including [her] high school’s logo), and so on.”

“Sara Sams’ Atom City shows us what violence and invisible interiority and tenderness is at the core of the American Hometown.

Sarah Vap, author of Viability

Click here to pre-order Atom City. Be sure to also check out Sara’s website and Twitter, as well as, Issue 22, in which she helped create and advised on.

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2 thoughts on “Contributor Update, Sara Sams

  • February 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm
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    This sounds like a swell read. Myths and morality blended with the threat of an atomic bomb are a surely riveting combination, indeed!

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    • February 16, 2021 at 2:55 pm
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      Atom City really does sound like such a unique and exciting novel. We hope you check it out! 🙂

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