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Earth Works: Selected Essays has been selected as the 2017 Common Reading for Owensboro Community and Technical College, Owensboro, Kentucky.

Scott's collection of eco-science fiction stories, Dancing in Dreamtime, was published in August 2016 by Indiana University Press. Here is a link to the catalog description. Advance reviews of the book can be found on the Amazon page.

Scott's essay, "John Elder Turns the Page" appeared in the fall 2016 issue of Middlebury Magazine. Read the essay here.

Scott's essay "Kinship and Kindness" appeared in the May/June 2016 edition of Orion Magazine.

Scott's essay "They're Neighbors of Mine" appeared in the winter 2015-2016 issue of Notre Dame Magazine. It is available for reading, free, on-lline.

In February 2017, IUP will also publish a revised and enlarged edition of Stone Country, co-authored with photographer Jeffrey Wolin; in addition to the text and photos from the original edition, it will include new writing by Scott and new images by Jeff.

Earth Works: Selected Essays is one of thirteen books chosen by the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Humanities Council for "The Next Indiana Bookshelf." Along with the dozen other titles, Earth Works will be made available free to libraries, community groups, and schools "to encourage Hoosiers to think and talk about the present and future of Indiana during our state Bicentennial in 2016."

Scott's essay, "From Plantation to Planet," was commissioned by The Progressive magazine for a special issue focused on climate change, published in December 2015 to coincide with the UN conference on climate change in Paris.

Following Scott's reading at Notre Dame from Ordinary Wealth, the book-in-progress he is making in collaboration with photographer Peter Forbes, Kerry Temple wrote a brief review of the tales on his editor's blog at Notre Dame Magazine.

Divine Animal was chosen as one of five finalists for the 2015 Orion Book Award in fiction. (The winner, announced in June 2015, is The Bees by Laline Paull.)

A Conservationist Manifesto has been chosen as the 2015 One Book/One University reading for the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. All first-year students, along with faculty and staff, were given copies of the book to foster campus-wide discussions. SRS visited the university October 6-8 to give public presentations and speak with faculty and students.

Wilderness Plots was chosen as the 2015 One Book/One Community reading selection for Brown County, Indiana. As part of the celebration, SRS performed in concert with Tim Grimm, Krista Detor, Tom Roznowski, Ben Bedford, and The Underhills in Nashville, Indiana, in March 2015. The concert features songs inspired by tales in Wilderness Plots.

The Birthday Feast: A Musical for Children, with book and lyrics by SRS and score by Alex Crowley, premiered on 10 October 2014 in a production by the Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomington, Indiana. The show, which ran for twenty-four performances, was directed by Randy White and featured Liesl Cruz, Audrey Deinlein, Lola Kennedy, Mike Price, Maria Walker, and Matthew Weidenbener. The original cast recording of the score and songs is available from CD Baby. The Birthday Feast was produced for a school tour in spring 2016 by St. Thomas Playhouse in Sun Valley, Idaho.

An excerpt from Divine Animal, called "Jack Haymaker's Peace Tour," was published on Terrain.org in June 2014.

A review of Divine Animal appeared on Climate Chronicles on 4 May 2014. The reviewer, Jim Poyser, is Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana.

"Writing as a Way of Discovery": SRS interviewed by Mitch Teich for Milwaukee Public Radio on 17 March 2014. Listen to the interview.

"Hooks Baited with Darkness," an essay on Thoreau, and in particular on my engagement with Walden over many years, appears in the Winter 2014 issue of Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

"Divinity in the Mortar: An Interview with Scott Russell Sanders," a 24-minute film made by David Murto and Laurel Proctor as a class project at Indiana University, has been posted on YouTube. Murto and Proctor focused their questions on A Conservationist Manifesto and Staying Put.

An interview entitled “The Spirituality of Nature: An Interview with Scott Russell Sanders,” conducted by David Landis Barnhill, appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Vol. 20, Issue 2 (Spring 2013), pp. 397-406. You can read the interview here.

A long, appreciative review of Earth Works appeared in the spring 2013 issue of Terrain.org. The reviewer, Simmons Buntin, is also the editor of Terrain.

The Wooster Book Company has brought out a new edition of my children's book The Floating House, their fourth Sanders reprint.


Current Writing Projects

I am at work on a book of essays about how we might resist the devastation of Earth caused by human activity, and how we might begin restoring the web of life.

For relief from brooding about the fate of our planet, I am also at work on a collection of stories about a holy fool named Gordon Milk and his large family, set in the hills of southern Indiana in a world slightly askew from the one we take for granted. I have performed some of these stories in concerts with musicians Carrie Newcomer, Krista Detor, and Tim Grimm, and with the writer Philip Gulley.

With Peter Forbes--dear friend, devoted conservationist, and masterful photographer--I am collaborating on a book we're calling Ordinary Wealth, which will pair his images with my brief tales. A selection of the story/photo pairs appeared in the November-December 2014 issue of Orion magazine.


Recent Awards

2012 election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

2011 Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

2010 National Winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, sponsored by the Indianapolis-Marion County Library Foundation.


Recent Work in Print and On-line

"John Elder Turns the Page" (profile), Middlebury Magazine, Vol. 90, No. 4 (Fall 2016), pp. 32-37.

“Kinship and Kindness,” Orion Vol. 35, No. 3 (May-June 2016), pp. 26-35.

“They’re Neighbors of Mine," Notre Dame Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter 2015-2016), pp. 20-24.

“From Plantation to Planet,” The Progressive, Vol. 79, No. 12/01 (Dec 2015/Jan 2016), pp. 15-18.

“Immersed in Mystery” (essay), Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, No. 85 (Summer 2015), pp. 76-79.

"Writing While the World Burns," The Georgia Review, Vol. LXIX, No. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 13-26.

“Writing as Discovery," Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Spring 2015, pp. 8-9.

"Sheep," "Violin," "Leaf," and "Hands" with photographs by Peter Forbes, Orion, Vol. 33, No. 5 (November-December 2014), pp. 38-42.

“The Dawning of an Earth Ethic,” Ethics & International Affairs, volume 28, issue 03 (Fall 2014), pp. 317-324.

"Hooks Baited with Darkness," Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Vol. 143, No. 1 (Winter 2014), pp. 115-122.

"Near and Distant Bears," The Georgia Review, Vol. LXVII, No. 2 (Summer 2013), pp. 317-329. Excerpt available here.

“A Writer’s Calling,” Chautauqua, No. 10 (June 2013), pp. 62-75.


Work by SRS on the Web

"John Elder Turns the Page" (profile), Middlebury Magazine, Vol. 90, No. 4 (Fall 2016), pp. 32-37.

“They’re Neighbors of Mine," Notre Dame Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter 2015-2016), pp. 20-24.

“From Plantation to Planet,” The Progressive, Vol. 79, No. 12/01 (Dec 2015/Jan 2016), pp. 15-18.

“Jack Haymaker’s Peace Tour,” Terrain.org. June 2014.

"Breaking the Spell of Money," Orion, Vol. 30, No. 4 (July-August 2011), pp. 58-63.

“An Interview with Scott Russell Sanders,” Superstition Review, No. 5 (Spring 2010).

"Speaking for the Land: Aldo Leopold as a Writer," The Leopold Outlook, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 2-10.

"Mind in the Forest," Orion, Vol. 28, No. 6 (Nov-Dec 2009), pp. 48-53.

"The Geography of Somewhere," keynote address at the Civic Tourism Conference, Prescott, Arizona, 16 March 2006.

“Wilderness as a Sabbath for the Land,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 2.2 (2002) 210-216

“The Uses of Muscle,” Wabash Magazine, Winter/Spring 2001, pp. 36-39.

"Stillness" (essay), Orion (Spring 2001)

A Call to Action,” with Alison Deming and Richard Nelson, Orion (2000).


Recordings of SRS on the Web

Video of SRS interviewed in Mansfield, Ohio, on politics and social issues (September 2013)

Video of SRS speaking at American Academy of Arts and Sciences induction (October 2012)

Audio of SRS reading "Buckeye" (spring 2012)

Audio of SRS on the sense of place, Wisconsin Public Radio (June 2011)

Video of SRS reading from A Conservationist Manifesto in Burlington, Vermont (4 Nov 2009).

Video of SRS reading from A Conservationist Manifesto, Ashland University (July 2009)

Audio of SRS in conversation with Tom Healy, WFHB radio (April 2009)

Audio of SRS reading "For the Children" (2008).

Audio of SRS in conversation about community, WFIU radio (2 June 2006).

Video of SRS invterviewed on Mt. Saint Helens (May 2005)

Audio of SRS in conversation with Andy Mahler, WFHB radio (2005)

Audio of SRS reading "A Private History of Awe" and in conversation with John Elder, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 22 May 2002. (Click on sound files.)

Audio of SRS in conversation with John Elder, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 22 May 2002 (Lannan Readings and Conversations)

SRS in conversation with Chet Raymo, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 26 April 2000. (Lannan Readings and Conversations)

 


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