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Jim Sanderson

Jim Sanderson Papers

Jim Sanderson
Jim Sanderson

Award-winning author Jim Sanderson was born in San Antonio. Much of his work is set in Texas, particularly West Texas and border.


Sanderson has published nine books and dozens of highly acclaimed short stories. He won the 2012 Kay Cattarulla Award from the Texas Institute of Letters for  his short story "Bankers," published by Descant. 


His first novel, El Camino del Rio, won the 1997 Frank Waters Prize, and was published by The University of New Mexico Press. That book introduced Sanderson’s bi-cultural protagonist, Dolph Martinez. An excerpt from El Camino del Rio appears in Lone Star Sleuths: Crime Fiction from Texas, an anthology published in the Wittliff Collections’ Southwestern Writers Collection Book Series.


Sanderson’s other novels include Safe Delivery (2000, finalist for Violet Crown Award) and La Mordida (2002) from the University of New Mexico Press. Nevin’s History, a historical novel, was published by Texas Tech University Press, 2004. In 2011 Sanderson published his newest book in the Dolph Martinez/Jerri Johnson detective series, Dolph's Team (Ink Brush Press.)


Sanderson’s other books include a collection of short stories, Semi-Private Rooms (1994), winner of the Kenneth Patchen Prize for fiction, sponsored by Pig Iron Press.  He’s also published a collection of essays, A West Texas Soapbox (Texas A&M University Press, 1998.) His newest short story collection, Faded Love (Ink Brush Press, 2010) was a finalist for the 2010 Texas Institute of Letters' Jesse Jones Award for best book-length fiction.


Sanderson has a Ph.D. in fiction writing from Oklahoma State University. He is Professor of English at Lamar University in Beaumont. He teaches fiction writing and American literature and film and currently serves as the Writing Director within the English Department. He is the 2002 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Lamar University.  In 2006 he was selected as that year's University Scholar.




Materials pertaining to Sanderson' s writing career.  Items included: edited typed manuscripts, page galleys, editor's comments page proofs & past publications.

Detailed list of items listed below:

Box 1

"Spy and Coward"
- one clean complete typed manuscript & annotated complete typed manuscript
A West Texas Soapbox
- various clean and annotated page proof copies & annotated typed manuscripts
"Hill Country Property
- annotated typed manuscripts

Box 2

Safe Delivery
- typed screenplay and manuscripts
Semi-Private Rooms
- page proofs of complied short stories
Miscellaneous materials:
- University of New Mexico Press book catalogs, 1998-2002
Safe Delivery
- typed original manuscript before it was copy edited
- clean complete typed manuscript
Nevin's History
- typed manuscript alone with correspondence
"Behind the Pine Tree Curtain"
- slightly annotated typed manuscript

Box 3

Safe Delivery
- page proofs
- various annotated typed manuscripts
"A Change of Seasons"
- two clean typed manuscripts
"The Edge of the Pine Tree Curtain"
- slightly annotated typed manuscript
Miscellaneous materials:
- book jacket for Semi-Private Rooms
- photocopy of book review for Semi-Private Rooms
- copy of The Texas Writer's Newsletter
- copy of a press release from the Pig Iron Press