It's no surprise that Sam was an English major at The Ohio State University. When asked about his hobbies, the first that comes to mind is poetry.
"I read a LOT of poetry," says Sam. He counts modernists like Auden and Owen and contemporary poet Siken as his favorites. His love of Russian authors fuels his dreams of traveling to visit the homes of Chekhov and Tolstoy. English even led him to Kaleidoscope. "My English professor told me about KYC."
Sam and his twin sister Ashley (yes, they have psychic twin powers) grew up in Lima, Ohio, a community with what he calls a hidden population of LGBTQ youth and few, if any, resources to serve them. "When you do a google search, KYC is the only organization that comes up. Youth get left out."
When not reading poetry, Sam is being bossed around by his cat Kaiser Wilhelm or attending live punk music shows. He hopes to learn guitar someday.
Tuesday's discussion group and Thursday's variety are the programming nights Sam most enjoys. He can most often be found at the pool table, pulling youth into conversations over a casual game of eight ball.
We're so excited that Sam has joined the KYC family and look forward to all that the will bring to our program!
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