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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dmitry Samarov  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1970 in Moscow, USSR


Illinois Connection

Dmitry has been a cab driver in Chicago for almost 20 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in the Soviet Union, Samarov moved to the United States in 1978. He studied painting and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has shown his work with the Chicago Tourism Center, the Bowery Gallery and Brandeis University. Samarov began blogging about his experiences as a cab driver in 2007, posting his prints and prose at, an effort that culminated in the release of “Hack: Stories From a Chicago Cab” in October of last year. Samarov no longer drives a cab.

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