Poet Mark Sanders will read from his new collection of poetry, "In A Good Time," Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Bailey Library of Andrews Hall.
Sanders, who received his doctorate at Nebraska, recently won the Western Heritage Award for "Landscapes, with Horses," in the category of Outstanding Book of Poetry for 2019. Sanders is a poet, creative essayist, fiction writer and literary critic with more than 500 publications appearing in journals in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada.
His short story, “Why Guineas Fly,” was selected as one of 100 outstanding short stories for 2007 by Stephen King in Best American Short Stories; his essay, “Homecoming Parade,” was selected as one of the outstanding works of the year in the 2016 edition of Best American Essays. His writing has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes more than a dozen times and been listed among the notable works in Pushcart. He has had poetry featured in American Life in Poetry, a syndicated series published by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, and on the Poetry Foundation website.
Sanders is the long-time editor of Sandhills Press, a small, independent press he started in his small hometown in Nebraska in 1979. For his work in promoting the poetry of emerging and established Nebraska writers, he won the Mildred Bennett Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book in 2007.
He is currently associate dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.