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Research and teaching areas:
modern and contemporary American
literature; poetics; creative writing

 

Poetry Foundation Bio

Scott Cairns teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Image, Spiritus, Tiferet, etc., and have been anthologized in Upholding Mystery (Oxford UP '96), Best Spiritual Writing (Harper Collins '98 and '00), and Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin, ‘04, ’05, and '06). His poetry collections include Idiot Psalms (Paraclete Press, 2014), Compass of Affection: Poems New and Selected (Paraclete Press, ‘06), Philokalia (Zoo Press '02), Recovered Body (Braziller '98), Figures for the Ghost (U Georgia P '94), The Translation of Babel (U of Georgia P '90), and The Theology of Doubt (Cleveland State UP '85). With W. Scott Olsen, he co-edited The Sacred Place (U of Utah P '96), an anthology of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His spiritual memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, (HarperSanFrancisco) and a collection of adaptations and translations, Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life (Paraclete Press), both appeared in 2007. The memoir is being released in paper as Slow Pilgrim (Wipf & Stock, 2014) and the translations in paper as Endless Life: Poems of the Mystics (Paraclete Press, 2014). He continues to serve as editor of Saint Katherine Review. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.

 

Education

  • PhD 1990, University of Utah
  • MFA, 1981, Bowling Green State University
  • MA, 1979, Hollins College
  • BA, 1977, Western Washington University

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

  • English 2000: Courses in English Studies: Modern American Poetry
  • English 2000: Courses in English Studies: Poetry in Translation/Poetry as Translation
  • English 2000: Frost, Stevens, Moore, and Bishop
  • English 2000: Midrashim as Generative Model
  • English 4040/7040: Studies in Writing: The Spiritual Journey
  • English 4040/7040: Studies in Writing: Form and Theory of Poetry
  • English 4970: Capstone: Writing the Spiritual Journey
  • English 4530/7530: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • English 4520/7520: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • English 8520: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • English 8530: Advanced Writing of Poetry

Selected Awards

  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Denise Levertov Award
  • Pushcart Prize