Scott Alixander Sonders
is an American fiction writer, poet, essayist and itinerant lecturer.
He's appeared televised on PBS and at the Guggenheim West, the Asilomar
Writer's Conference, and at venues in Holland, Israel, Finland, Holland
and Russia. Sonders has published over 200 works in the pages of Forbes,
the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, and the New England, Paris,
Parnassus, and Washington Reviews. Two collections of poetry are extent
and including, "Litany," which was nominated for a Pulitzer. His won the
"Master Literary Award" for his novel "Orange Messiahs" – and a story
collection,"Take One By Mouth,” is in the works.
When Sonders endured a midlife crisis, he returned to school earning
two Graduate Degrees in Fiction Writing and Literature." He has also
taught at the University of California, the Pierce College Writers
Conference; the State Pedagogical University in Russia; the University
Concordia Audentes in Estonia; at Los Angeles Valley College; and at the
Guggenheim West at Chapman College.
Scott Sonders lives what he writes. Akin to the accidental tourist, he's
slept on rooftops in Marrakech and watched kerosene covered corpses
burned in a heap. His nose was broken too many times and he claims to be
indebted to an Ethiopian prince for saving his life. He rubbed
shoulders with Muslim slave traders in Chechnya and life-partnered with a
French girl who died of breast cancer. Those are the facts. But the
truth seems more obscure. The obscurity of truth is Scott's passion.
Hopefully, that's found in his writing.