Scott Sanders (novelist)

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Scott Sanders
BornOctober 26, 1945
Memphis, Tennessee
OccupationProfessor, novelist and essayist
SubjectEcology & conservation, personal essay
Notable awardsJohn Burroughs Natural History Essay Award (2000)
Lannan Literary Award (1995)

Scott Russell Sanders (born October 26, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American novelist and essayist.

Sanders has won acclaim for his skill as a personal essayist. A contributing editor for Orion magazine, he has won the John Burroughs Natural History Essay Award, the Indiana Authors Award, and the Mark Twain Award, among other honors. A frequent public lecturer, Sanders also conducts writing workshops across the United States, including recent ones in Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Mexico. He received the Lannan Literary Award in 1995 for his non-fiction writing, and has received the Frederic Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching award given at Indiana University. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sanders was a judge for the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize in Nonfiction for Permafrost: Literary Journal.

Sanders was a distinguished professor of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 until his retirement in 2009. During his career, he has spent sabbatical years as a writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy, and as a Visiting Professor at University of Oregon, MIT, and Beloit College. He is married with two children, Eva and Jesse, both of whom he addresses in letters included in The Force of Spirit.

He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, live in Bloomington, Indiana, in the watershed of the White River.




  • Terrarium (1985) ISBN 0-253-32956-6
  • Bad Man Ballad (1986) ISBN 0-02-778230-1
  • The Engineer of Beasts (1986) ISBN 0-531-05783-6
  • The Invisible Company (1989) ISBN 0-8125-5382-9
  • Divine Animal (2014) ISBN 978-0-9913102-2-7

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Creative non-fiction/essays[edit]

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Marshall Scholarship
Guggenheim Fellowship
Lannan Literary Award in Nonfiction
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing
Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction
Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction for Staying Put
Great Lakes Book Award in Nonfiction for Writing from the Center
Indiana Authors Award, National Winner
Mark Twain Award from Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
Cecil Woods, Jr. Award for Nonfiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers


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