Scott Cairns is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English at University of Missouri and is director of the Seattle Pacific University MFA program in creative writing. Of his eight poetry collections, Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems, is most recent. His spiritual memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, has also appeared in Greek and Romanian translations. His works have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, etc., and have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEH. He received the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.