Announcing the Country Roots Music Issue

For the 24th annual music issue, we return to the roots of country music and celebrate the essence of “countrified” sound.

Sam Stephenson


Sam Stephenson’s work has been published in A Public Space, the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. He won the 2015 Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson award for his Paris Review piece on John Coltrane’s first biographer, and FSG published his biography of Eugene Smith, Gene Smith’s Sink, in 2017. He was awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship.