Sam Bully-Thomas was born in upstate New York. Her mother is Caribbean and her father from the Midwest. She grew up in Iran, Kuwait, Malawi, South Africa, New York and the windward island of the Commonwealth of Dominica where her mother is from. As an adult she has lived and worked in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Alaska, Ireland, England, Miami and most recently Athens, Georgia.

She has a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford, England. Prior to that, her research and writings on the history of sugar earned her a Master’s in Humanities from Waterford Institute of Technology in tandem with the acclaimed Poets House of Donegal, Ireland.

Cane is her first collection of poetry published by Wundor Editions, London. Her poems have appeared in Threepenny Review, S/S/Y/K, Naugatuck Review, The Harlequin and other publications in the UK, USA, Ireland.