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Kathleen Tarr

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Kathleen Tarr, long-time Alaskan, is the author of We Are All Poets Here, a well-researched, spiritual memoir that partly relates the story about how, as a non-religious woman, Thomas Merton became her wildly unexpected spiritual guide.  Kathleen served for five years as the founding Program Coordinator of the low-residency, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her work has appeared in a wide range of anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her areas of special interest include: the history and literary culture of central and Eastern Europe; the natural world; mountaineering history; and since 1991, she has been a frequent traveler throughout Russia.


As a Merton scholar, she is a frequent speaker and teacher on Thomas Merton via conferences, community workshops, podcasts, and webinars. She was recently elected to the International Thomas Merton Society board and is the founder of the Alaska Chapter of the ITMS. Kathleen holds an MFA in literary nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives and writes in Anchorage under the shadow of the Chugach Mountains. She can be reached at and at

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