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Mark Sanders, Poetry Papers

Identifier: MS-0538

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of manuscripts, typescripts of poems and prose, drafts and unpublished writing, and photocopies of published poems by Sanders, as well as manuscripts and copies of work by authors published through Sandhills Press. The papers also include correspondence with publishers, universities, and poets such as William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Greg Kuzma, and Don Welch, tenure and teaching materials at LCSC and SFASU, materials related to Sanders' second PhD including his dissertation, articles and reviews about Sanders, reviews and critical essays by Sanders, publicity and promotional materials, documents and an artificat related to Sandhills Press, news clippings, material related to the Mildred Bennett Award, grant information, and a small amount of digital media.


  • 1963-2023

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are only minimally processed but are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of Nebraska. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Creighton, Nebraska, in 1955 and raised on the eastern rim of the Sandhills near Ord, Nebraska, Mark Sanders is a poet, essayist, story-writer, editor, and publisher. Sanders received his BA and MA in English from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) in 1976 and 1979 respectively, and his PhD in English emphasizing in Modern Poetry in 1989 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sanders received a second PhD in Higher Education Leadership in 2013 from the University of Idaho. Sanders has published many chapbooks of poetry, full-length collections of poetry, and edited volumes devoted to Nebraska poets. Sanders' creative work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including the Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, River Teeth, Shenandoah, Poetry East, the Poetry Foundation website, The Midwest Quarterly, and many more. Sanders has published more than 500 individual poems. Sanders has taught in Nebraska high schools, at Southwest Missouri State University, Tarkio College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kearney State College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, College of the Mainland, Lewis-Clark State College, and Stephen F. Austin State University. In 2007, Sanders received the Mildred Bennett Award from the Nebraska Center for the Book for fostering Nebraska's literary heritage and he won the Nebraska Book Award in 2016 for A Sandhills Reader: Thirty Years of Great Writing from the Great Plains, a retrospective of his publishing imprint, Sandhills Press, which has been in operation since 1979.


13 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Glover, 2023.
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