Scott Cairns

Memoir, Poetry, Spirituality

Scott Cairns directs the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Seattle Pacific University. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. He blogs for the religion section of The Huffington Post, and provides a podcast for Ancient Faith Radio. His most recent poetry collections are Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems and Anaphora. His memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, was re-released in 2016, and has been translated into Greek and Romanian. His book-length essay, The End of Suffering, released in 2009, is now in its third printing, and will be translated into Greek this year. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014. He currently is working on Descent to the Heart, verse adaptations of the homilies of Saint Isaak of Syria.


Festival Years: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020