Born in Houston and raised in various cities across Texas, Samuel E. Pittman II is a widely published poet. The College Station resident is the author of the classic New Orleans children’s book Alligator Jazz. He is an elementary and middle school English teacher and a jazz enthusiast.
Pittman graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing, along with a minor in coaching. He was twice selected as Texas A&M’s entrant in the Ruth Lily Fellowship competition in 2003 and 2004, and for his senior project he published a poetry journal. Pittman was also the host of various open-mic poetry events from 2005 to 2010. After graduating from his undergraduate education, Pittman began working at Jane Long Middle School where he holds a variety of positions. His involvement includes teaching English, hosting various writing events, sponsoring and coaching the chess club, and volunteering as the track coach. He was the school’s Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year.
Pittman spends his summers coaching track, playing chess, and continuing to work on his creative writing.
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