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 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, 2019)

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


Anchorage Daily News, July 20, 2019: “To the Moon, Alaska!”

Anchorage Daily News, February 8, 2019: “The November Earthquake and its Psychological Impacts.”

Anchorage Daily News, September 14, 2018, “A Monk’s Journey to Alaska, Fifty Years Later”

The Catholic Anchor, September 2018, “Thomas Merton & Alaska: A Good Match Cut Short”

The Catholic Anchor, August 2018 – “Before Dying Merton Shared Insights on Religious Life with Alaska Nuns” 

The Catholic Anchor, June 2018, “Fr. Thomas Merton’s 196 Trek to Alaska’s Wild Places”

The Catholic Anchor, May 2018Anchorage’s First Archbishop Enticed Merton to Alaska

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)


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