The English Department congratulates Professor Scott Cairns on being named the University of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Professor by the University of Missouri Board of Curators. The board voted unanimously to bestow this honor on Professor Cairns in recognition of his exemplary service to the university. Professor Cairns was enthusiastically endorsed by his peers for his exceptional writin gand publication record, teaching and mentorship, and inspirational leadership. Along with the honor of this title, UM Curators' Distinguished Professors also receive a $10,000 annual stipend for as long as they hold the position. The appointment lasts for a period of five years with the option of renewal at the discretion of the chancellor. The appointment took effect September 1, 2016.
Scott Cairns is professor of Modern and Contemporary American Literature, poetics, creative writing, poetry, and creative nonfiction in the Department of English. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and many other publications and anthologies. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, a memoir, adaptations and translations. In 2006, Professor Cairns received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2014 he was awarded the Denise Levertov Award. Professor Cairns is also the founding director of Writing Workshops in Greece. Learn more about Scott Cairns on his faculty bio page and on poetryfoundation.org.