Chatham News

Scott Russell Sanders, acclaimed essayist and fiction writer, will give a free reading and lecture at Chatham University on Aug. 3

PITTSBURGH (July 17, 2012) … Scott Russell Sanders will give a free public reading and lecture at Chatham University in the Mellon Board Room on Friday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture titled “The Way of Imagination” will be delivered as the keynote address in conjunction with the nonfiction workshop for Chatham’s Low-Residency Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. Launched in 2008, the Low-Res MFA is a 39-credit program that can be completed in two years with two summer residencies of ten days each. The program grew from Chatham’s highly acclaimed residency program and maintains the same innovative focus on nature, environment, and travel writing.

Sanders is currently at work on a novel, a collection of short stories, and a book about the meaning of wealth. His writing examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationship between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path.

Sanders is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including “A Private History of Awe” and “A Conservationist Manifesto.” Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009.

Sanders studied physics and English at Brown University, graduating in 1967. With the aid of a Marshall Scholarship, he pursued graduate work at Cambridge University, where he completed his doctorate in English in 1971.

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