Samantha Facciolo is a freelance writer who has contributed to The Rumpus, TimeOut New York, The Culture-ist, Living Well magazine and others. She writes mostly on themes related to culture and cuisine, travel and wellness, education and people affecting social change. She teaching writing to English language learners through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and contributes frequently to the Library Journal Review. Samantha is pursuing an MFA in fiction in the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She comes from a long line of chefs and bakers and is always happy to explore new food, especially in the name of a good story.