Scott Cairns

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, University of Missouri


Scott Cairns is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. His main areas of teaching were 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 1998 and 2000), and Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 2004, 2005, and 2006). His poetry collections include Slow Pilgrims: The Collected Poems (Paraclete Press, 2015), Idiot Psalms (Paraclete Press, 2014), Compass of Affection: Poems New and Selected (Paraclete Press, 2006), Philokalia (Zoo Press 2002), Recovered Body(Braziller 1998), Figures for the Ghost (U Georgia P 1994), The Translation of Babel (U of Georgia P 1990), and The Theology of Doubt(Cleveland State UP 1985). He is founding director of Writing Workshops in Greece, and also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Seattle Pacific University. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.