Sam Carlson grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, and spent most of his childhood bicycling around the county and taking apart old appliances in his garage, and spending summers with his family, bike touring in Europe on a shoestring budget. He double-majored in Biology and French at Middlebury College, and still managed to spend one year in France, eating cheese and reading Apollinaire in his favorite grassy knoll under the local viaduct.
After receiving his B.A., Sam spent one year in the shadow of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, as a general handyman and ski bum at Carlson’s Lodge in Twin Mountain. He spent 2011 electrofishing for the U.S.G.S. in the Delaware Water Gap and 2012 sequencing DNA for the Vermont Cancer Center, and currently resides in Vermont, where he does molecular biology research for Albany College of Pharmacy and helps the creative community with mechanical problems. He enjoys hiking the beautiful Green Mountains, bicycling the backroads of the Champlain Valley, acquiring new skills, and learning new things.