Born in San Diego (USA), Gil graduated in Politics and English from Brandeis University in 1997 and spent one year at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He pursued public service in Boston, New Orleans, and New York, and upon earning a Master of Public Administration from NYU in 2001 he traveled around the world for a year to meet the people he hoped to one day represent. In 2003 he was working at the Claims Conference when he decided to move to San Francisco in pursuit of a backdoor option to public office: writing fiction. Some years later he completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, produced his first book, and married a Parisienne. Since 2010 he is based in Paris where he has worked for years presenting and developing many different walks while holding on to the writer's dream and founding the Yefe Nof Residency in Lake Arrowhead, California. He specializes in the craft of writing and has a strong education in both the literary works of canonized and contemporary fiction writers and poets and the inner workings of cities, which has amply equipped him to tell his narratives as experiences.
Samuél completed his B.A. in the Honors College at the University of Vermont (European Studies, 2010) and his M.A. at University College London (Modern European Society, 2013). Samuél's M.A. research focused on the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Viktor Frankl; his dissertation, "The Humanness of Cruelty," was an attempt to better understand the psychology of fascism and genocide. In 2010, Samuél moved to Paris to write a novel. Unsatisfied with his first attempt, he wrote a second novel, which was published by Inkshares Publishing in 2015. "Slim and The Beast," a coming-of-age story set in a back woods bar in North Carolina, was the flagship novel for Inkshares, America's first crowdfunded publishing house. After going on a book tour on the east coast of the US, Samuél returned to Paris and began writing a third novel set in Nazi-occupied Poland. Samuél is currently a 2020 MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He also plays in a folk rock band, which is named after his debut novel. Alongside his twin brother, Aaron, and a close friend, the trio spent the first half of 2018 playing in New Orleans, France, Spain, and Sweden. Slim and The Beast recorded their debut album in Barcelona, Spain, and are preparing to release the album this winter.
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