Samuel Benjamin Ashworth

Samuel Benjamin Ashworth

Samuel Benjamin Ashworth

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Creative Writing, Literary Fiction, Food Writing

Sam Ashworth is a graduate TA in his third year of the MFA in Creative Writing program. He specializes in fiction and nonfiction. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, and his fiction, essays, and criticism include the Times Literary Supplement, Barrelhouse, Catapult, and the Brooklyn Rail. He writes the monthly "Dispatches from the Swamp" column for The Rumpus, about life in DC.

At George Mason University, he has been awarded the Dan Rudy and Mary Robert Rinehart prizes for fiction, and Alan Cheuse prize for Nonfiction. He also received the inaugural Travel Research Award from the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, which sent him to France to work in restaurant kitchens in Summer 2017. 

Selected Publications

"The Hijacking of Eastern 7," Barrelhouse, Fall 2017

Dispatches from the Swamp (column), The Rumpus, 2017

"The Ghost of King Solomon," Catapult, 2016

"In Pursuit of Prodigy," Catapult, 2016

Multiple book reviews, Times Literary Supplement (UK), 2014-16


Grants and Fellowships

Travel Research Award, Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, GMU

Fellow, TENT Creative Writing Seminars, the Yiddish Book Center, Hampshire, MA


Courses Taught

ENGH 396: Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGH 201: Reading and Writing about Texts

ENGH 101: Composition


B.A. in English, Columbia University (2009)

Trinity College Dublin (2003-2005)

In the Media

Mason Out Loud Podcast: read story in progress, "Stieglitz and Meyer."