(1954-) is an Orthodox poet, memoirist, libretist, and essayist. He serves as a [[reader]]/[[cantor|psalti]] at Saint Luke Orthodox Church ([[GOARCH]] ) in Columbia, Missouri , where he is also a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at the University of Missouri . He was raised in Tacoma, WA, as a Baptist, becoming a Presbyterian in college; he became Orthodox in 1998, and is known by Orthodox friends as Isaac, after [[Isaac of Syria | Saint Isaac of Syria]], whose ''Ascetical Homilies'' were key to Cairns' embracing Orthodoxy. He was educated at Western Washington University (BA), Hollins College (MA), Bowling Green State University (MFA), and University of Utah (PhD).
== Bibliography ==
*''Finding the Broken Man'' (Window Press, 1982)
*[http://imagejournal.org/page/artist-of-the-month/scott-cairns Biography from ''Image Journal'']
*[http://www.orthodoxspeakers.com/speakers/scott-cairns.html Bio note from Orthodox Speakers Bureau]
*[http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Cairns/e/B000APTL9Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 Amazon.com page]
[[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity|Cairns, Scott]]