About

Welcome to Sundry Folly!  My name is Samantha; I write poems, prose, short stories, and essays. I only post short work on Sundry Folly.

I moved to Brooklyn from Tokyo in February 2019, returning to the United States after almost seven years of living abroad, first in South Korea and then in Japan.  Employment opportunities for my husband, who taught music at the collegiate level in both countries,  provided the impetus for our 2012 move from San Francisco to Daegu, South Korea.  The majority of my first year in Korea was spent studying the Korean language.  In 2013, I worked as an English conversation instructor at an after-school language academy and then from May to October of 2014, I worked as an itinerant English teacher, teaching children between the ages of three and nine.  When I watch my students navigate the boundaries between their mother tongue and English I am reminded of how beautiful language can be and how it can connect us to others and to ourselves. While living in South Korea, I logged significant time studying the Korean language. The Korean poems that appear on Sundry Folly were written as a means of studying for the TOPIK (Korean language test), which I passed at the Intermediate Level in 2015.

In July of 2015, I moved to Japan’s charming and mountainous Yamanashi Prefecture and began teaching English Conversation at the high school level.  Naturally, Korean studies gave way to study of the Japanese language.  My final year in Japan was spent teaching English to adults at a well-regarded language school in Tokyo.  During my last semester at the school, I designed and taught a 12 week English language poetry class; it was a challenging and highly enjoyable experience!

Now I am back in my home country, writing the next chapter in the book of my life.

Prior to moving to East Asia, I lived in San Francisco, where I worked in the analog to digital media conversion industry.  I am originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, which is in the northeast of the United States.

My writing is heavily influenced by the visual and so, I also post my photography on Sundry Folly. I used to do more photography than writing, but these days it seems that writing has become my primary focus.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you will find something on the blog that you will like!

-S.K. Benjamin

Have a question?  I can be reached at sundryfolly@gmail.com

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self-portrait/2016

 

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 This blog is dedicated to the memory of Kristin Heaster Benjamin, who inspired so many of us with her creativity, her wisdom, and her love.

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