Nebraska Authors

Mark Sanders

Born 1955 Creighton, NE (USA)

Mark Sanders grew up in Ord, Nebraska. He has published about 300 poems in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain as of 1991. Sanders was editor of Hurakan: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Main-Travelled Roads Chapbook series and was the recipient of the 2007 Mildred Bennett Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book. Sanders taught English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, and Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, as well as other institutions. Publisher at Sandhills Press.

The great hand printer and book artist Harry Duncan published Sanders' poem The Suicide in 1988.

Places Lived

Ord, NE
Lincoln, NE
Kearney, NE
Moscow, ID
Lewiston, ID
Nacogdoches, TX
Texas City, TX
Weatherford, OK
Tarkio, MO
Springfield, MO

Author Of

  • Poetry




Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE
Master of Arts Degree in English, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE
Ph.D. in Modern Poetry, 1989, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, 2013, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


High School Teacher
Professor of English and Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Peach farmer
Horse rancher
Publisher (Sandhills Press)

Places Worked

Southwestern Oklahoma University, Weatherford, OK
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Tarkio College, Tarkio, MO
Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Kearney State College, Kearney, NE
College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 19 November 1987
2007 Mildred Bennett Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book
Nebraska Book Award winner, 2019
Nebraska Book Award winner, 2020


Publisher of Sandhills Press


First Hunt. 1979.
Ghosts of a Christmas Past. 1980.
Gone Fishing. 1981.
The Suicide. 1988. (Long Poem)
Voice of the Plains. (audio cassette series) 1989.
Before We Lost Our Ways. 1996.
A Dissimilation of Birds. 2002. (Stories)
Here in the Big Empty. 2006 (Poetry)
Conditions of Grace: New and Selected Poems. 2012.
Landscapes, with Horses. 2013. (Poetry)
Why Guineas Fly. 2016. (Stories)
In a Good Time. 2019.

The Sandhills and Other Geographies: An anthology of Nebraska poetry. 1980.
The Sandhills and Other Geographies: Poets of the Great Plains, II. 1981.
On Common Ground: the poetry of William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Greg Kuzma, and Don Welch. 1983.
The Decade Dance: A Celebration of Poems. 1991.
The Plain Sense of Things: Eight Poets From Outstate Nebraska. 1997.
The Plain Sense of Things 2: Eight Poets From Lincoln, Nebraska. 1997.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. (Contributor)

This is a partial listing.

Mark Sanders' November 1987 Ames Reading Series program:

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