Jim Sanderson

Jim Sanderson

Jim Sanderson, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
Email: jbsanderson@lamar.edu
Phone: (409) 880-8559
Office: Maes 04

Jim Sanderson has published a mystery/crime series of novels involving West Texas and San Antonio:  El Camino del Rio, La Mordida, Safe Delivery, and Dolph’s Team.  Brash Books, a unique publisher of new and classic out-of-print mysteries, republished the first three of those novels, and then published Safe Delivery and Messing with Texas, a e-book collection of Safe Delivery, El Camino del Rio, and La Mordida.  He has a stand-alone crime novel, Gambled Dreams. He has also published other novels (Nothing to Lose-a literary mystery, Nevin’s History-an historical novel, and Hill Country Property-a literary novel); three short story collections (Semi-Private Rooms, Faded Love, and Trashy Behavior); one essay collection (A West Texas Soapbox); two textbooks (Some Ways of Writing and Sanderson’s Fiction Writing Manual), and over eighty short stories, essays, or scholarly articles.  He has won the Frank Waters award, the Kenneth Patchen Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters’ Kay Cattarulla Award for the best short story and placed as a finalist for five other national literary competitions.  Most of his fiction takes place south of a line drawn from Lubbock to Beaumont, Texas.

Courses Taught

  • Fiction Writing
  • Novel Writing
  • Film
  • American literature
  • Texas Literature and Film
  • American Private Detective film and fiction


  • Director of Texas Reading Circuit, 1987-2002
  • Member of Texas Institute of Letters
  • Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers