Scott Sanders

Scott  Sanders

Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders, now in his eighth year as moderator for the Public Conversation, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 until his retirement in 2009. His writing examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relation between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path.

Among his more than twenty books are novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction, including Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World (1994), Writing from the Center (1995), and Hunting for Hope (1999). His latest books are A Private History of Awe (2006), a coming-of-age memoir, love story, and spiritual testament, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and A Conservationist Manifesto (2009), his vision of a shift from a culture of consumption to a culture of caretaking.

He has received the Lannan Literary Award, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Great Lakes Book Award, the Kenyon Review Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, and the Indiana Humanities Award, among other honors, and has received support for his writing from the Lilly Endowment, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature named him the 2009 winner of the Mark Twain Award.