Stephen F. Austin State University

Mark Sanders


Dr. Mark Emil Sanders

Office: Liberal Arts North, RM 203
Phone: 936-468-2319


Ph.D. (2013), Higher Education Administration, U of Idaho
Ph.D. (1989), Modern Poetry, U of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. (1979), Kearney State College
B.A. (1976), Kearney State College

Teaching and Research Interests:

Composition, Creative Writing (poetry, nonfiction, and fiction), Introduction to Literature, Western American Literature, Modern Poetry, British Literature, Contemporary Poetry, Great Plains Literature.



The Suicide (a long poem, 1988), Before We Lost Our Ways (poetry, 1996), A Dissimilation of Birds (stories, 2002), Here in the Big Empty (poetry, 2006), Conditions of Grace: New and Selected Poems (2012), Landscapes, with Horses (poetry, 2013), Why Guineas Fly (stories, 2016), and several chapbooks of poetry and prose.

Edited Works:
The Sandhills & Other Geographies: An Anthology of Nebraska Poetry (1980), The Sandhills II: Poets of the Great Plains (1981), Jumping Pond: Stories and Poems from the Ozarks (1983; co-edited with Michael Burns), On Common Ground: The Poetry of William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Greg Kuzma, and Don Welch (1983), The PlainSense of Things: Eight Poets from Outstate Nebraska (1997), The PlainSense of Things 2: Eight Poets from Lincoln, Nebraska (1998), The PlainSense of Things 3: A Tribute to Larry Holland (1998), Three Generations of Nebraska Poetry: A Special Issue of The Midwest Quarterly (2011; co-edited with Stephen Meats), and A Sandhills Reader: Thirty Years of Great Writing from the Great Plains (2015). As editor and publisher of small press imprints, Dr. Sanders has published more than 50 volumes of poetry and creative prose by several dozen new and established writers.

Creative Prose:
Dr. Sanders's short stories and creative essays have appeared in such journals as Glimmer Train, South Dakota Review, Shenandoah, North Dakota Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Platte Valley Review, Georgetown Review, River Teeth, among others.

Dr. Sanders has published more than 500 poems in journals in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. Among these publications are The Dalhousie Review, Fugue, The Antigonish Review, Poetry Wales, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Solo, River City, Phantasmagoria, Lake Effect, Comstock Review, Shenandoah, Portland Review, Red Rock Review, Passages North. His work has also been anthologized in a number of volumes.

Dr. Sanders has published articles and reviews on Modern and Post-modern poetry. Articles on the poetry of William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Norman Dubie, Dana Gioia, Karl Shapiro, Ted Kooser, William Kloefkorn, Wallace Stevens, Don Welch, and others, have appeared in Arkansas Quarterly, Platte Valley Review, Nebraska English Journal, Nebraska Humanities, Western American Literature, Southwest Review, and in a variety of reference works published by Salem Press.

Dr. Sanders is also a frequent consultant to such academic publishers as McGraw-Hill, Cengage, and the University of Nebraska Press.


Dr. Sanders has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for successive years, 2004-2015, and has received honorable mention in the Pushcart anthologies. In 2007, he received the Mildred Bennett Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book (an agency of the Library of Congress) for his lifetime dedication to the advancement of Nebraska's literary heritage. His short story, "Why Guineas Fly," published in Glimmer Train, was selected as one of the 100 notable short stories for 2006 by Stephen King in the 2007 edition of Best American Short Stories and other essays have been nominated for Best American Essays.

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