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, 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 Isaak, after Saint Isaak 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).

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  • The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain (Paraclete Press, 2009)
  • Love's Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life (Paraclete Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1557255259
  • Short Trip to the Edge: Where Earth Meets Heaven—A Pilgrimage (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007) ISBN 978-0060843229
  • Compass of Affection: Poems New and Selected (Paraclete Press, 2006) ISBN 978-1557255037
  • Philokalia (Zoo Press, 2002) ISBN 978-0970817730
  • Recovered Body (George Braziller Publishers, 1998, reprinted by Eighth Day Books, 2003) ISBN 978-0971748347
  • Figures for the Ghost (University of Georgia Press, 1994) ISBN 978-0820316017
  • Disciplinary Treatises (Trilobite Press, 1993)
  • Sermons for the Wary (Franciscan University Press, 1993)
  • The Translation of Babel (University of Georgia Press, 1990) ISBN 978-0820311999
  • The Theology of Doubt (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1985) ISBN 978-0914946526
  • Finding the Broken Man (Window Press, 1982)

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