Samantha Fain, Are You There (Bad Betty Press)

Cover Art for Are You There, which features a starry constellation in the shape of a whale on a dark blue background. Samantha Fain’s debut poetry collection Are You There will be published Bad Betty Press on April 25th, 2024. Her poem “Joy” appeared in The Gravity of the Thing’s Fall 2020 issue.

About Are You There:

In Are You There, Indiana poet Samantha Fain refracts contemporary melancholia into iridescent lyricism. Fain delights in breaking rules, the serendipity of autocorrect incantations, testing how far, in space and time, a connection will travel, and where it ends—quoting sources including Schrödinger, Ask Jeeves and Kim Kardashian. In Fain’s haunting poetics, grief, mania, pop culture, faith, quantum physics and digital relationships collide, alive with the spiky humour of brutal self-awareness, aglow with startling new language.


“These poems are like Neosporin; they sting and they heal.”

—Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of BoJack Horseman

The most lyrically provoking debut I’ve ever read. Samantha Fain articulates the complex contemporary manifestations of grief and desire, while still giving us possibility instead of foreclosure.”

—C.T. Salazar, author of Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking