News & Events


January 16, 2019    Barnes & Noble, Anchorage, book signing, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

February 13, 2019   Author Presentation, OLE Program (UAA); 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

March 9, 2019          Author Reading, The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe

March 27-20, 2019   Associated Writing Programs conference, Portland, Oregon

April 27, 2019 —       Featured speaker, New York City, Corpus Christi Chapter of the                                                 International Thomas Merton Society.

June 27-30, 2019 — Presenter, International Thomas Merton Society, 16th General Meeting, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.


November 10, 2018, Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh, noon to 2:00 p.m., Featured speaker—informal book talk.

November 1, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai/Soldotna, Alaska….McLane Commons, 6:30 p.m., Presentation and reading for KPC’s Showcase:  “From the Inner Frontier to the Last Frontier: Thomas Merton’s 1968 Journey to Alaska.”

October 14, 2018, Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, guest speaker at Sunday Forum, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15, 2824 East 18th Avenue, Anchorage. “Reflections on Thomas Merton’s 1968 Alaska Journey.”

October 15-18, 2018  Yakutat, Alaska, presentations to book club and community on We Are All Poets Here.

October 4, 2018
Alaska Professional Communicators, luncheon guest speaker. Kinley’s Restaurant (3230 Seward Highway, Anchorage), 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

September 28-29, 2018
“Thomas Merton in Alaska” Conference, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton’s, Anchorage, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Merton’s 1968 sojourn to Alaska. Conference speaker & book signing.

September 12-15, 2018
Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference – Tundra & Ice: History in Alaska’s Arctic. Conference Speaker. Nome, Alaska.

August 26, 2018  Book Signing, St. Paul’s Corner, Holy Family Cathedral, Bookstore, 5th Avenue, Anchorage.

Other appearances:

Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland (TMSGB&I) Oakham Conference. Left to right: Gary Hall (TMSGB&I), Stephen Dunhill (TMSGB&I), Kathleen Tarr, and Dr. Paul Pearson (Director, Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University).
KT 49W Talk March 1
Kathleen signs books at 49 Writers Craft Talk, March 2018.aWe Are All Poets Here, author reading. April 26, 2018. Homer City Library.

Alaska Writer’s Guild Monthly Program: Author & Publisher Presentation. The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe (3956 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517), 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., May 8, 2018.

Homer City Library Book Club, June Book: We Are All Poets Here Author Reading. Homer City Library (500 Hazel Ave, Homer, AK 99603), 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., June 26, 2018.

Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland Oakham Conference. Panel presenter, “Showcasing Contemporary Merton Work,” April 6-8, 2018. United Kingdom.

49 Writers Craft Talk. “On the Literary Road with Thomas Merton: Writing as a Pilgrimage,” March 1, 2018. Indigo Tea Lounge, Anchorage.

UAA Campus Bookstore We Are All Poets Here Presentation and Discussion. “On the Frontiers of an Inner Life: Thomas Merton’s 1968 Journey to Alaska”, February 6, 2018.Book Launch Party, We Are All Poets Here, January 27, 2018. The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe, Anchorage.

Kathleen presents a copy of We Are All Poets Here to Alaska’s former Lt. Governor, Byron I. Mallot.  The two shared stories about Yakutat, Alaska–the Lt. Governor’s ancestral home, a predominantly Tlingit community on the north Gulf Coast of Alaska, and an important part of of Kathleen’s book. (February 23, 2018)

Kodiak Island, July 20-27, 2017.

The 15th General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, June 15-18, 2017. (participant)

Panelist, Notre Dame University.  “Trying to Say ‘God’ : Re-Enchanting the Catholic Literary Imagination,” Conference, South Bend, Indiana, June 22-24, 2017. Panel topic: “Thomas Merton and Writing as an Act of Resistance.”






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