Scott Russell Sanders
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of nineteen books, including Staying Put, Hunting for Hope, and The Force of Spirit. His latest book is A Private History of Awe, a memoir to be published in February 2006 by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. For his work in nonfiction, he has won the Lannan Literary Award and the John Burroughs Essay Award. He is Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. 
Dec 01 2005
The Alphabet of Splendor
One Sunday inb the fall of 1950, soon after my fifth birthday, my father set fire to a ditch bank where the dry stalks of weeds rustled in a mild breeze. He made me keep well back, but I could see the tongue of fire licking forward, leaving a trail of black.