Sam Ligon - Coach
Schooled by legendary coaches W.S. “Big Man” Merwyn, and Mary “Somebody Needs a Spanking Here And It’s Probably Me” Gaitskill, Sam Ligon stepped into his first head coaching job leading Team America in the world’s most significant literary competitions, including “Whose Advance is Bigger,” “Which Prize Did You Win Again?” and “Slow Burn: A Competitive Articulation of Crippling Writer’s Envy.” Coach Ligon marked his literary basketball debut propelling the Brooklyn Nihilists to a 22-11—who cares, followed by an incredible tenure as winningest dog dream starlight of the Portland Surrealists, before landing in the gutter with the Spokane Dirty Realists, where everybody loses. Current Motto: We can and have beaten the school of the blind. And we’ll beat you. In addition to coaching the Dirty Realists, Ligon is the author of Drift and Swerve, a collection of stories, and Safe in Heaven Dead, a novel. His stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He teaches at Eastern Washington University and is the editor of Willow Springs.