Sampson Starkweather is a new American meta-realist poet born in 1976 in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Starkweather first went to Roanoke College in Virginia for a BA in English, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. In 2006, Sampson Starkweather started the press Birds, LLC. with Dan Boehl, Chris Tonelli, Matt Rasmussen, and Justin Marks. He has helped organize, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and the CUNY Chapbook festival.