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Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

UKRAINE:  Kathleen will participate in a panel and community conversation at Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay campus, in Homer, Alaska, to share perspectives about current events surrounding Russia’s invasion of sovereign, democratic Ukraine.  Panelists will include history and economics professors, writers, and others with personal ties to this part of Eastern Europe. Panelists will share their insights about Russian and Ukrainian history and how this conflict is challenging the world. Free and open to the public.

Recent

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Co-presenter with Alaskan author, Joan Wilson (The Book of Timothy) at the Sunday Forum of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Anchorage, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. via Zoom.

(Due to COVID/Omicron protocols, this in-person event, originally scheduled for January 27, 2022, is being rescheduled for spring 2022. Location: TBD.) Conversation and reading with fellow Anchorage writer, author, and lawyer, Joan Nockels Wilson (The Book of Timothy, 2021)

November 9, 2021, Featured Speaker, “Tuesdays With Merton,” a national podcast series, presented monthly by St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and the International Thomas Merton Society. Title of Kathleen’s talk:  “From the Inner Frontier to the Last Frontier: Thomas Merton’s 1968 Journey to Alaska.”

June 2021

Presenter, 17th General Meeting, International Thomas Merton Society, Notre Dame University (virtual conference) paper, “On the Necessity of Pilgrimage

March 2020

Judge, Poetry Out Loud, statewide poetry competition for Alaska high school students

January 27, 2021

Featured Poet & Curator, Poetry Parley Virtual Event, Poets of Central & Eastern Europe” (in commemoration of 75th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War in Europe)

October/November 2020  

Instructor (four-week webinar for 60 participants), “Thomas Merton: Spiritual Explorer for Our Times”

November 16, 2019 

Luncheon speaker, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s, women’s group (Women at the Well), Anchorage, Alaska

November 15, 2019

Alaska Quarterly Review, public event, The Writer’s Blockstore & Cafe, Anchorage, 7:00-9:30 p.m.; one of three featured writers presenting a dramatic reading of two AQR short stories. Master of  Ceremony: Ron Spatz, founder and editor-in-chief, AQR.

October 22, 2019

Guest speaker, Thomas Merton Symposium, Katowice, Poland, University of Silesia.

June 27-30, 2019

Presenter, International Thomas Merton Society, 16th General Meeting, Santa Clara University

May 4                       Instructor, “Merton the Literary Man”, seminar for 49 Writers, Anchorage.

April 27, 2019       Guest speaker, New York City, Corpus Christi Chapter of the InternationalThomas                                Merton Society.

April 6, 2019            Featured Writer, Beyond the Stacks annual fundraiser, Anchorage  Public Library

March 8, 2019         Taught “Merton the Literary Man” seminar, 49 Writers, Juneau

March 6, 2019         Guest Speaker, Alaska State Museum, Juneau

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

March 6, 2019          Juneau. Talk given at the Alaska State Museum–49 Writers and                             the Alaska State Council on the Arts, sponsors.

March 8, 2019       Taught a 49 Writers workshop in Juneau, “Writers, Seekers, Pilgrims: A Session on Thomas Merton.”         

March 27, 2019   Associated Writing Programs conference, Portland, Oregon.

April 6, 2019   Guest Author, “Beyond the Stacks,” fundraiser for Loussac Public  Library, Anchorage

April 8, 2019    Teaching, 49Writers seminar, Anchorage, More details soon!

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

November 10, 2018,  Gave PowerPoint talk, Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh, noon to 2:00 p.m.

November 1, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai/Soldotna, Alaska; McLane Commons, 6:30 p.m., Presentation and reading for KPC’s Showcase speaker series.

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:

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Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland  Conference, Oakham, England. Left to right: Gary Hall, Stephen Dunhill, Kathleen Tarr, and Dr. Paul Pearson (Director, Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University).
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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.

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Kathleen presents a copy of We Are All Poets Here to Alaska’s former Lt. Governor, Byron I. Mallott (1943-2020).  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.”

Other past events:

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

June 22-24, 2017

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.”

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