“Busara” is a Swahili word for wisdom, insight, perception, and common sense. My hope is that, over time, this Busara Blog will live up to its name.
Busara is also the name of a fictional dirt road that runs through a novel I’m writing. Titled Busara Road, the novel is set at a Quaker mission in the mountain rainforest of western Kenya. It takes place in the mid-sixties, shortly after independence, and it’s a kind of coming-of-age story for both the young nation and the main character, an 11-year-old boy named Mark who is the son of one of the American Quakers.
I envision this blog as being a bit like Mark – curious, reflective, meandering, and easily distracted. It might follow the progress of my novel one day, or reflect on writing in general the next. It may recount incidents from my own life or spotlight the lives of others. It may address issues close to home or around the world. And quite likely it will just sit there for stretches of time doing seemingly nothing at all.
But now that you’ve found me, let me tell you a bit about myself and my writing. I’ve had my short fiction and novel excerpts published in a variety of literary magazines that include Sycamore Review, The Laurel Review, Baltimore Review, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Talking Stick Review and others, as well as the anthologies Philly Fiction, The Best of Philadelphia Stories, and 2000 Voices. My novel-in-progress was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize; I was a winner of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Autobiography Project, the Third Coast national fiction competition, and the Dwell/Glass House Haiku Competition; and I was a finalist for the Crescent Review’s Renwick-Sumerwell Prize, the SLS International Fiction Contest (twice), and the New Letters National Fiction Award. Excerpts from my novel-in-progress have been broadcast on public radio and anthologized, and I’ve had a couple of short plays produced. I was also the founding director and host of Writing Aloud, an award-winning fiction performance series for stage and public radio based at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company. In addition, I run an independent communications consulting practice called David Sanders Communications, and I’m on the editorial board of New Door Books in Philadelphia.
For more information about me, and to see some samples of my work, check out DavidHSanders.com.
So, that’s about it for About. Thanks for checking in.