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)