Sam Allingham in conversation with Sarah Gerard
January 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
For the characters in Sam Allingham’s debut story collection, The Great American Songbook, love and music are almost indistinguishable: a famous songwriting duo is destroyed by their creative differences, a jazz musician is consumed by his inability to speak or play, a man takes a pop song literally and charts his love onto buildings. In a playful, elegant style, Allingham’s stories explore the profound hold that music has on our lives.
Sam Allingham grew up in rural New Jersey and Philadelphia. After graduating from Oberlin College, he worked for many years as a music teacher for adults and small(ish) children, before receiving an MFA from Temple University in 2013. His work has appeared in One Story, American Short Fiction, Epoch, n+1, The Millions, and Full Stop, among other publications. He currently lives in West Philadelphia and teaches at Temple University.
Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star, the forthcoming essay collection Sunshine State, and two chapbooks, most recently BFF. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, New York Magazine‘s “The Cut”, The Paris Review Daily, and other journals, as well as anthologies for Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post. She writes a monthly column on food for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.