Kathleen is part of a film team working to create a documentary film, a US-Russian co-production, called THE BIG LIE.

THE BIG LIE examines the enforced collectivization and resulting artificial hunger (GOLODOMOR) in the USSR during 1931-1933 which took the lives of an estimated 8 million people.

From the documentary film’s producer: “Stalin’s merciless farm policy opened the way to mass political repressions from the 1930s to 1950s and had long term social and demographic consequences which were not overcome until now. Eighty-five years later in Russia there is still not a single memorial to this most vicious human sacrifice committed by the State in modern history.”

THE BIG LIE analyzes the roots and consequences of the Great Break–the enforced collectivization and  mass deportation of millions of villagers. The film also tries to  understand the mechanics of the “big lies” used by Stalin to mislead world public opinion, the American establishment and media. According to the film producers, “these instruments, though modified due to modern IT technologies, stay in many ways effective until today.”

Kathleen is featured in the film as an American writer with Slavic ancestry who has visited Russia frequently and is drawn to this tragic history. On camera, she talks about the repercussions of this misguided policy and comments on the failure of society to tell the real truth about these events.


As a creative writing instructor, Kathleen Witkowska Tarr has designed and taught several seminars and workshops for 49 Writers/Alaska Writing Center geared to intermediate to advanced writers.

In her short course, The Spiritual in Writing: Across Faiths, Genres & Time, she introduces writers to the topic of “spiritual writing”—writings from the seekers, dreamers, pilgrims, saints, mystics and spiritual masters across faith traditions (Judaism; Christianity;Islam;Buddhism), across genres (poetry/fiction/nonfiction) and across international borders.

Along with the Russia-born poet, editor, and language teacher, Olga Livshin, Kathleen has also designed and taught, Writing with Anna Akhmatova. In this popular seminar, participants are introduced to Anna Andreyevna Akhmatova (1889-1966), one of Russia’s greatest poets whose life embodied the notion that “great poetry is often a response to total disaster.”

WRITING ANNA AKHMATOVA: instructors Olga Livshin (far left) and Kathleen Tarr with a few seminar participants


Under KTarr Literary, Kathleen offers professional communication services in writing and editing, including book proposal development; technical writing; speech writing; and project development for business and nonprofits. For more information, please contact Kathleen.