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News from the Press!

News from the Press!


VP&D House is excited to announce the forthcoming book, We Are All Poets Here, by Alaska writer, Kathleen Witkowska Tarr.

This incredible literary work is a blend of memoir and biography involving Alaska, Russia and the world-famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.

As a memoir, We Are All Poets Here, tells the story of a non-religious woman in search of an inner life and spiritual wholeness during a time of personal chaos and spiritual confusion. It also relates the background and details about Thomas Merton’s sojourn to Alaska in 1968, a little-known and under-told story.

Parts of the manuscript have appeared in print in the Sewanee Review and Cirque, the literary journal of the Pacific Northwest.

Kathleen is a contributor to the anthology, We Are Already One, 1915-2015, Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope (Fons Vitae Press, 2015) in honor of Merton’s centenary. And her essays are forthcoming in Merton & The World’s Indigenous Wisdom.

In 2016, she was named a William Shannon Fellow by the International Thomas Merton Society and is the founder of the Alaska Chapter of the ITMS. Kathleen is a Mullin Scholar at USC’s Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (2013-2015); and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Kathleen Witkowska Tarr has been widely published in literary journals, magazines and newspapers, including Creative Nonfiction, the Sewanee Review, Alaska Airlines Magazine, the Anchorage Daily News, TriQuarterly, Sick Pilgrim, and Cirque.

She has taught creative writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and for the 49 Alaska Writing Center (49 Writers).

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tarr has lived in Alaska since 1978, beginning in the rural Tlingit Indian community of Yakutat on the isolated North Pacific Coast, part of the setting for We Are All Poets Here.

We look forward to announcing the release date!

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