Readings followed by a book-signing followed by a reception
4:15 PM / Yale Divinity Bookstore
October 4 /Thursday
Scott Cairns poet
November 12 /Monday
David Plante Novelist
Scott Cairns is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently,
Compass of Affection: Poems Selected & New. With W. Scott Olsen, he
co-edited The Sacred Place, a collection of prose and verse celebrating the intersections of landscape and ideas of the holy. He wrote the libretto for The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp, an oratorio composed by JAC Redford. His works have been included in Best Spiritual Writing, Best American Spiritual Writing, American Religious Poems, Upholding Mystery, and Shadow & Light. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Image, Spiritus, Tiferet. He is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at University of Missouri. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. His spiritual memoir Short Trip to the Edge, and his verse adaptations and translations, Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life, both appeared in 2007.
David Plante is the author of more than a dozen novels including The Ghost of Henry James, The Family (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Woods, The Country, The Foreigner, The Native, The Accident, Annunciation, and The Age of Terror, as well as the nonfiction Difficult Women: A Memoir of Three and American Ghosts. He has had stories and profiles in The New Yorker, and features in The New York Times, Esquire, and Vogue. He is the recipient of awards from theAmerican Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the British Arts Council Bursary. He has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, England. He has been a writer in residence at the Gorki Institute of Literature (Moscow), L’Université du Québec à Montréal, Adelphi University, King’s College (Cambridge), Tulsa University, and the University of East Anglia. Plante teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York and London.
The 2007-2008 Literature and Spirituality Series is dedicated to the memory of Lana Schwebel.