Kathleen Tarr’s essays and articles have appeared in the Sewanee Review; Creative NonfictionGrand Valley Magazine; Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine (Alaska Beyond); Anchorage Daily News, We Alaskans; Cirque (literary journal of the Pacific Northwest); America Magazine (a Russia/USA venture); and numerous other publications. Here is a select list of her publications:


Merton & Indigenous World Wisdom  (Two of Kathleen’s essays will appear in this anthology forthcoming from Fons Vitae Press, edited by Dr. Peter Savastano and Jonathan Montaldo, 2018.)

We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope (1915-2015), Fons Vitae Press, 2015. (Kathleen’s essay, “The Comeback Monk,” appeared in this international volume honoring the centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth.)

Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska, University of Alaska Press, 2010. (Kathleen’s essay, “Village of Old Believers,” was included in this anthology.)


Cirque, Volume 8, no. 1, “Igor and the Holy Mountain,” essay adapted from We Are All Poets Here and nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2017.

Cirque, Volume 6, no. 1 – “The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction,” book review

Cirque, Volume 2, no. 2 – “My First Discovery of Richard Rodriguez,”essay

Sewanee Review, “The Trappist Monk and Pasternak’s Tree,” Summer 2013.

TriQuarterly, January 23, 2012 – Linda McCarriston: Interview


Featured Writer/Guest Blogger, 49 Writers, month of October 2017:

“Toward a 21st Century Counterculture”

“Thomas Merton & the Art of the Journal”

“Listening to a Literary Monk”

“A Harvest of Wisdom: Lessons from a First Book”

Sick Pilgrim, February 18, 2016 – Dark Devotional: Second Sunday of Lent

49 Writers, February 2, 2016 – “Anna Akhmatova: Disaster Did Not Wither Her

Sewanee Review-Spilt Ink, November 3, 2014 – “Jazz & Thomas Merton: Defiant Artistry”

49 Writers, May 5, 2014 – “Taking the CircumPoland Route

49 Writers, March 10, 2014 – “Poland as Muse

49 Writers, October 3, 2012 – “On Salmon Rushdie & the Necessity of the Imaginative Dimension


Alaska Dispatch News, July 25, 2016 – “Make America Think Again

Anchorage Press, September 17, 2008 – “Taking on the Good Old Boys” (commentary on Sarah Palin)