VCU Visiting Writers
Sonja Livingston (Ladies Night at the Dreamland)
& Scott Russell Sanders (Dancing in Dreamtime)
23 Feb 2017 7pm VCU Cabell Library
Sonja Livingston‘s latest book, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, has been called “a literary search and rescue” that combines imagination and research to conjure the lives of extraordinary and often overlooked historical women. She’s the author of the award-winning memoirs Queen of the Fall andGhostbread (winner of the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction) and recent essays in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Essay Daily, and The Rumpus. Her work is widely anthologized in texts on writing and craft, including in Waveform: Twenty-First Century Essays by Women, Brief Encounters, Short Takes, Poverty & Privilege:A Reader, and others. Sonja’s nonfiction writing has received fellowships from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Deming Fund. Sonja earned an MFA from the University of New Orleans and an M.S. Ed. from SUNY Brockport.
Scott Russell Sanders is the 2016/17 VCU Distinguished Writer in Residence. He is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto. His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays and Divine Animal: A Novel. A collection of his eco-science fiction stories entitled Dancing in Dreamtime will be published this fall, and a new edition of his documentary narrative,Stone Country, co-authored with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, will appear in 2017. 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. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.