Scott Cairns

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Scott Cairns (1954-) is an Orthodox poet, memoirist, libretist, and essayist. He serves as a reader/psalti at Saint Luke Orthodox Church (GOARCH) in Columbia, MO, where he is also a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at University of Missouri. He can be contacted via the Orthodox Speakers' Bureau


The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain (Paraclete Press, expected in 2009)

Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life (Paraclete Press, 2007)

Short Trip to the Edge: Where Eart Meets Heaven—A Pilgrimage (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007)

Compass of Affection: Poems New and Selected (Paraclete Press, 2006)

Philokalia (Zoo Press, 2002)

Recovered Body (George Braziller Publishers, 1998, reprinted by Eighth Day Books, 2003)

Figures for the Ghost (University of Georgia Press, 1994)

Disciplinary Treatises (Trilobite Press, 1993)

Sermons for the Wary (Franciscan University Press, 1993)

The Translation of Babel (University of Georgia Press, 1990)

The Theology of Doubt (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1985)

Finding the Broken Man (Window Press, 1982)