New Generations in Dialogue Participant
Kathleen Tarr, M.F.A.
Writer (In residence in Alaska and Poland)
Founding Program Coordinator, Creative Writing & Literary Arts Department Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, University of Alaska, Anchorage
“I think of writing and literature as a way to link to something larger than myself, to be reminded that the universe is complex, mysterious, and infinitely full of reasons to be awed.
“I write to keep making discoveries about the world, and for the reader to make discoveries along with me. Yet, in the relentless search to find the deeper meaning of life, I know that mere words will never do; a life must be lived beyond a book.
“I’ve learned not to be afraid to raise questions about the times I’m living in, and to accept that grace and wisdom are sometimes offered in the most unpredictable circumstances, and from the most unlikely people who cross your path.
“In the wild enchantment of life, it’s our journey inward that matters, but at the same time, I try to be the kind of traveler (and writer) who allows no scenery or landscape to simply roll by, without a glance.
“It’s time to take the next step, to move out of my solitary, self-directed approach to understanding Catholicism, divisive faith issues, and the Catholic literary tradition. I want to be a part of the stimulating and “spirited” conversation the GID program stands for. I need more intellectual engagement, research and serious reflection. Being in this community of gifted teachers and mentors will deepen my work and will help rescue me from some spiritual confusion.”
Stories, essays, anthologies in Sewanee Review, Cirque Literary Journal, 49 Writers Blog, Anchroage Press, American Magazine (Russia), We Alaskans, Anchorage Daily News. An excerpt from her draft book will be in the summer 2013 issue of Sewanee Review under the title, “The Trappist Monk & Pasternak’s Tree.” Samples of her work accessible online include “My First Discovery of Richard Rodriguez”, , pages 73-76; Cirque Literary Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2 (http://www.cirquejournal.com/backissues.shtml) and “On Salman Rushdie and the Necessity of the Imaginative Dimension” (http://49writers.blogspot.com/2012/10/kathleen-tarr-on-salman-rushdie-and.html).
We Are All Poets Here (in progress, a spiritual memoir involving Alaska, Russia, and Thomas Merton.)