Award-Winning Poet to Speak at WWU

Dr. Scott Cairns is recognized as one of America’s best poets. On Tuesday (April 29) he will speak at William Woods University on the idea of America, the relationship of poetry to politics and the role of the artist as a public citizen.

His speech, “Reflecting on the American Dream,” is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Library Auditorium on campus. It is free and open to the public.

Cairns will speak as part of the series, “Toward a Just and Peaceful Society,” made possible by a grant received from the Higher Education Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

A University of Missouri professor, Cairns is head of the creative writing program and the university’s Center of the Literary Arts. In 2006, he received the Guggenheim Fellowship, an award given to poets for their productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. He was chosen from more than 3,000 applicants.

He has published several volumes of poetry, some of which have been featured in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The Paris Review. He has also read his poetry at The Library of Congress.

Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard has called him “one of the best poets alive” and noted literary critic Harold Bloom describes his work as “original and well-wrought.”

A question and answer session will follow Carins’ talk.

For more information, contact the Rev. Travis Tamerius, WWU chaplain, at (573) 592-4241 or