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Sam D’Allesandro (born Richard Anderson, April 3, 1956, died February 1988) was an American writer and poet. He studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came to San Francisco as a youth in the early 1980s. He began as a poet and published a book of elegant lyrics, Slippery Sins. He was a member of the so-called "New Narrative" writers, which included Robert Glück, Bruce Boone, Steve Abbott and others. He reached out to other like-minded writers and contacted Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, Benjamin Weissman, David Trinidad, and Dodie Bellamy. With Bellamy he began an epistolary collaboration she was later to publish as Real: The Letters of Mina Harker and Sam D’Allesandro. A gay man,[1] he died of AIDS in 1988, aged 31, leaving behind a body of work that ranges from stories of one paragraph only to fully developed novellas. He is also the author of The Wild Creatures, which was published posthumously in 2005. The collection was edited by Bellamy's husband, author Kevin Killian.


  1. ^ Hendin, Josephine (2004), A Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture, Blackwell Publishing, p. 218, ISBN 1405121807  .

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