with Scott Cairns
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Seattle, WA 98109
Scott Cairns will read from his work and then take questions. This event is free and open to the public, with RSVP not required, but requested. Dessert reception to follow.
Scott Cairns is the author of the poetry collections Compass of Affection and Philokalia, the spiritual memoir Short Trip to the Edge, the translations/adaptations Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life, among many other works. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Image, Spiritus, and many others. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and has taught at numerous universities including University of North Texas, Old Dominion University, and the University of Missouri. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.
The Denise Levertov Award is named for one of the twentieth century's greatest poets. Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, embraced the landscape and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her identity as a Christian believer--a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt--became another important facet of her work, particularly in her later poetry. The Levertov Award is presented annually in the spring to an artist or creative writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Past recipients include poets Luci Shaw, Madeline DeFrees, and Franz Wright, nonfiction writers Kathleen Norris, Thomas Lynch, and Eugene Peterson, fiction writers Bret Lott and Ron Hansen, and singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.
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