Scott Cairns, GPC 2006-2007
Scott Cairns is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at University of Missouri. His poetry collections include Compass of Affection: Poems New & Selected, Philokalia, Recovered Body, Figures for the Ghost, The Translation of Babel, and The Theology of Doubt. Recent poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, Spiritus, Poetry, and Image. His work has also appeared in several annual editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. His most recent books are his spiritual memoir, Short Trip to the Edge (Harper San Francisco, 2007) and Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life. Paraclete Press published his book-length essay, The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain, in November 2009. He also co-authored God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Paraclete Press, 2007) and contributed his essay, “A Troubled and Troubling Mirror: On Poetry” to editor Emilie Griffin’s Syllable of Water: Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect on their Art. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and was recently named the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in English.
Bio and numerous poems, poetryfoundation.com.