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Tarn William Painter-Macarthur


Tarn William Painter-Macarthur


Research overview

Tarn is originally from Montreal, but has lived, worked, and studied for the past fifteen years in the USA, Argentina, Scotland and China.  He majored in finance as an undergraduate, then went on to complete his MFA in poetry at the University of Oregon, where he was a graduate fellow, and spent a year as the Walter and Nancy Kidd Fellow in Creative Writing.

In 2014, Tarn was the recipient of a writer's grant from the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters, and an award from the Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg Memorial Fund, which were given to help fund research of his family's history on the St Kilda archipelago, and their eventual migration to the Isle of Tiree and Canada.

Tarn is a George Buchanan scholar at St Andrews, and will research the poetry of isolated landscapes, and how the physical and psychological encroachment of urbanization manifests in modern and contemporary nature and landscape related poetry.  He will also be completing an original collection of poems.

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