Samantha Allen is the author of Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States (Little, Brown; 2019), a travelogue that the New York Times Book Review called “a powerful book of memoir and reportage” and that the Los Angeles Times dubbed “a book necessary for anyone in or allied with the queer community.” Real Queer America was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, won the Judy Turner Prize for Community Service from the Decatur Book Festival, and was named a Book All Georgians Should Read.
Her next book Patricia Wants to Cuddle (Zando, 2022) is a horror comedy novel set against the backdrop of a reality dating television show and is slated for release in July 2022.
Samantha’s other publications include M to (WT)F (Audible Originals, 2020), a humorous retelling of her gender transition in audio form, and Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories, 2018), an animated e-book which tells the story of Samantha meeting her wife in a Kinsey Institute elevator. Samantha has discussed her books on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and C-SPAN’s “Book TV,” as well as several radio programs and podcasts.
Samantha is also a GLAAD-Award winning journalist and contributing editor to them.us, previously covering LGBTQ stories as a senior reporter for The Daily Beast and as a staff writer for Fusion. Her full list of bylines includes The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Out, CNN, and more. Samantha writes a recurring column for Crosscut, a nonprofit online news site in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2018, she received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article for a feature on the cultural erasure of bisexual men, and she was nominated in the same category in both 2019 and 2020. In 2021, she won two awards from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists: Excellence in Political Coverage for her them.us cover story “A More Perfect Union” and a shared award for Excellence in Business Coverage for her contribution to the “Queer Spaces Project.” Samantha has discussed her reporting on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR’s On the Media.
Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University, where she received a George W. Woodruff Fellowship. In 2013, she received the John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.
When not working on her next book, Samantha co-hosts the You Should See The Other Guy podcast and writes a newsletter called Get Lost. She is an alpaca enthusiast and her love of The Bachelor knows no bounds.