Poet Scott Cairns Visits in September

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Before taking part in the “Summoned Toward Wholeness” conference on food and faith Sept. 27-28, essayist and poet Scott Cairns will give a reading of his work to the Duke Divinity School community on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Cairns comes to the Divinity School from the University of Missouri, where he serves as professor of English and co-director of its Writing Workshops in Greece. In 2006 he was a Guggenheim Fellow, and his writing can be found in such varied places as The Atlantic Monthly, Image, Christian Century, The New Republic, and The Paris Review.

Cairns’s poetry and prose, shot through with what one commentator has called his “bass note of joy,” hint at the function of prayer, as his work seeks to listen, and to witness the divine, loving synthesis at the heart of the world.

Cairns will read in the Alumni Memorial Common Room at 7 p.m., followed by a brief Q&A with Daniel Train and a book signing. Three titles will be available for sale: a book-length essay, The End of Suffering; translations of the Church’s mystics, Love’s Immensity; and a book of poems, Compass of Affection.

The event is sponsored by Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, with the generous cooperation of the “Summoned Toward Wholeness” conference.