Author Bio

Brett Sanders

July 1, 2005, Córdoba, Argentina: Brett reads from Sebastián Bekes’s translation of a passage from A Bride Called Freedom.

            Brett Alan Sanders is a literary translator, writer, and retired teacher living in Tell City, Indiana. Between 1991 and 2013 he taught Spanish and English at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School where, starting in the 2004-05 school year, he also sponsored an extracurricular literary club and helped launch the student literary journal The Jolie Rouge. He earned a BA in Spanish (with an English minor) at Indiana University and an MALS at the University of Southern Indiana, where he is also co-winner of the 2005 Louis Schewe Essay Award. He placed second in Sunstone’s 2006 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest and is a runner-up for the 2015 X. J. Kennedy Award for Non-Fiction. He is a member of the Southern Indiana Writers and of the brand-new (December 2018) Indiana Chapter of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE).

His translations from the Spanish have appeared in a variety of journals including Chelsea, The Saint Ann’s Review, Artful Dodge, The Antigonish Review, Stand, Event, Contemporary Verse 2, Hunger Mountain, Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry & PoeticsRosebud, and The Cincinnati Review; in a bilingual edition by Host Publications of María Rosa Lojo’s  collection of prose poetry Esperan la mañana verde (Awaiting the Green Morning, 2008); as well as in Aliform Publishing’s first English-language edition of Lojo’s award-winning novel La pasión de los nómades (Passionate Nomads, 2011). The bilingual edition Argentine American poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio’s We Are All Whitman / Todos somos Whitman was published in 2016 by Arte Público Press. His essay “On the Creative Art of Literary Translation appears in the Fall 2010 edition of Confluence.

Sanders has also been a contributing writer at Tertulia Magazine, where for “Tertullian’s Blog” he wrote the occasional column “Arte Retórica,” as well as at New Works Review (where subsequently he put in a brief stint as managing editor) and at The Quill & Ink. He has also placed original work in other online sources including River Walk Journal, Passport Journal, and Potomac: A Journal of Poetry and Politics and in such print venues as Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spectacle, The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies (now Confluence), and Insights, a publication of the John Dewey Society. His Young Adult novella A Bride Called Freedom was published in 2003 in a bilingual edition by Ediciones Nuevo Espacio; in 2005, at the literary/historical conference “In the Times of Eduarda and Lucio V. Mansilla” sponsored by the Junta Provincial de Historia de Córdoba (Argentina), he presented a reading – subsequently published by that organization – from the Spanish-language translation by Sebastián Bekes.

He is the author of an as-yet unpublished Argentine travel memoir, Journeys and Digressions, and a collection of short fiction (also unpublished) called No One Assured in God. Selections from both have appeared in print and online in a number of literary journals. His new novel Bronze Angel Dancing is a major revision and expansion of an earlier draft. It is well vetted, polished, and looking for representation or publisher.

Young Brett with full beard

Brett outside student family housing at Banta Apartments in Bloomington, Indiana — 1988

Personal Information

Name: Brett Alan Sanders
November 21, 1958
Literary Translator / Writer / Retired Teacher
520 10th Street / Tell City, IN  47586
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University of Southern Indiana, Evansville – Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), 2010.

Indiana University, Bloomington – Graduated August 1988: BA in Spanish minor in English; teacher certification in 1990.

Professional Employment

Freelance writer / translator, starting as primary occupation in 2013.

Spanish / English teacher at Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School, Leopold, Indiana, 1991-2013.

English / ESL teacher with Houston (Texas) Independent School District, 1990-91.

Honors / Presentations

Honorable Mention, for “Attractions of Barbarity” (essay), of the 2015 X. J. Kennedy Award for Non-Fiction.”

Winner of a 2010 grant, through its Argentine Sur translation program, from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, International Commerce, and Culture of the Argentine Republic for Aliform Publishing’s first English-language edition (2011) of Passionate Nomads, by María Rosa Lojo.

Second-place winner, for “The Golden Boy of Rosario,” of the 2006 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest.”

Presenter, from the Spanish-language translation of A Bride Called Freedom (novella), at the July 2005 literary / historical congress “En tiempos de Eduarda y Lucio V. Mansilla” in Córdoba (city and province), Argentina. Proceedings of the congress published in September 2005 by the sponsoring Junta Provincial de Historia de Córdoba.

Co-winner, for “On the Critical Art of Recreational Reading: Why Americans Don’t Read,” of the 2005 Louis Schewe Essay Award, University of Southern Indiana.”

Presenter, “Between the Fire and My Heart” (essay), at the 1994 Chicago Sunstone Symposium.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Departmental Award, Indiana University, 1988.

Honorable Mention, for “The Metafictional Diaries of a Teenage Suicide” (short story), in the 1987 Myrtle Armstrong Undergraduate Fiction Prize, Indiana University.

Winner, for “Quetzalcoatl” (short story), of the 1987 Ellen Wilson Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters, Bloomington Indiana Chapter.

Memberships / Positions

Member, Southern Indiana Writers, starting 2014.

Managing editor of online literary journal New Works Review, 2008-09.

Contributing writer at Tertulia Magazine, 2006-2010.

Faculty advisor for Perry Central Jr.-Sr. High School literary magazine (The Jolie Rouge; originally: The Black Pearl), 2004-05 school year to 2012.

One response to “Author Bio

  1. BAS: this is just to let you know, my version of the first four tablets of Gilgamesh is now available on Lulu. Here is the link to order: Hope you order and enjoy!! Thanks, Eric

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