Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English, University of Missouri
Scott Cairns is Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at University of Missouri. During spring of 2012, he will serve as Visiting Professor of English at Saint Katherine College in Encinitas, CA. He is also co-director of MU Writing Workshops in Greece, a program that brings graduate and undergraduate students to Greece every June for intensive engagement with literary life in modern Greece. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, etc., and both have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. His most recent poetry collection is Compass of Affection. His spiritual memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, and his translations, Love’s Immensity, appeared in 2007. His book-length essay, The End of Suffering, appeared in 2009. His current manuscripts-in-progress are a new collection of poems, Idiot Psalms, and a new translation of selections from The Philokalia. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006.