The End of Suffering: On Poetry & Pain | featuring Scott Cairns & Diane Glancy

Thursday, March 29

Biola University's Andrews Banquet Room

How does poetry approach the problem of suffering? Two luncheon talks by poets and scholars Diane Glancy and Scott Cairns, followed by moderated discussion and Q&A.


Two luncheon talks by poets and scholars Diane Glancy and Scott Cairns, followed by moderated discussion and Q&A.

About Diane Glancy

Diane Glancy is an American poet, author and playwright of Cherokee descent. She is professor emerita at Macalester College. Her 2014-17 books are Fort Marion Prisoners and the Trauma of Native Education, Report to the Department of the Interior, One of Us, Ironic Witness, Uprising of Goats, The Collector of Bodies: Concern for Syria and the Middle East, and QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM: The Keyboard Letters. Among her awards: two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Minnesota Book Award, an American Book Award and Willa Award from Women Writers of the West.

About Scott Cairns

Dr. Scott Cairns is the program director of SPU’s MFA in Creative Writing program. He is also a librettist, memoirist, translator, and author of eight poetry collections. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and others, and have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing.

Dr. Cairns is a regular blogger for the Religion Section of The Huffington Post,and contributes a podcast, Flesh Becomes Word, for Ancient Faith Radio. His most recent books are Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems (2015), Idiot Psalms(2014), Short Trip to the Edge (spiritual memoir, 2007 & 2016), Endless Life(translations and adaptations of Christian mystics, 2007 & 2014), and a book-length essay, “The End of Suffering” (2009). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.

His new projects include Descent to the Heart, a verse adaptation of selections from the writings of Saint Isaak of Syria. His spiritual memoir was just released in a Greek edition, Μικρό Ταξίδι στι Μεθόριο, and a second, expanded English edition appeared from Paraclete Press in 2016; a new, Romanian edition is forthcoming.

He is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English at University of Missouri, and is founding director of Writing Workshops in Greece, a program now in its ninth year bringing graduate and undergraduate students — as well as unaffiliated writers — to Greece every June for engagement with literary life in modern Greece.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

11:15 AM Registration opens
11:30 AM Welcome // Invocation
12:00 PM Diane Glancy and Scott Cairns Talks
1:00 PM Moderated Discussion and Questions
1:30 PM Event Close


About CCT Pastors’ Luncheons

Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought regularly hosts a free lunch and lecture for southern California pastors, church leaders, and seminarians, to support their work and ministry, offering insightful wisdom from leading Christian thinkers and an opportunity to network with other church leaders.


Is the lunch really free? Yep. Totally free for southern California pastors, church leaders, and seminary students.

Can I bring a friend or spouse who is not actively in ministry? Unfortunately, no. Space is limited and we want to serve as many pastors, leaders, and those in ministry as we can.

What is the Center for Christian Thought? Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought exists to reconnect Christian Scholarship with the Academy and the Church. For more information, visit

What is The Table? The Table is a resource of the Biola CCT focused on reaching out to thoughtful Christians with transforming Christian wisdom, from a variety of perspectives and disciplines and themes. Check out The Table online at our blog and journal.

CCT is sponsored by the generous support of the Templeton Religion Trust.