Cairn grew up in Ohio and northern Michigan, spending much of her childhood outdoors relating to nature. Her passion for the written word began early as a way to understand her place in the world.
Her work experience includes poetry workshops for high school and college students at the Quarry Lane School, Diablo Valley College and Las Positas Community College. She was a presenter for a class at City College of San Francisco speaking about the relationship between trauma and art. As a consultant for Michigan State University she taught leadership and group dynamics for at-risk students and educators in Flint, Michigan. In addition, Cairn worked as an assistant instructor for Outward Bound in Baltimore teaching the participants leadership skills in the wilderness.
Movement, music and dance have always been an important part of Cairn’s life. She worked for St. Francis Hospital as a Pilates rehabilitation and fitness instructor. She has been a member of the multi-cultural choir Vukani Mawethu, meaning “People Arise” in Zulu which performs South African freedom songs for San Francisco Bay Area audiences. She has taught ballet and modern dance and still dances whenever she can.
She received her B.S in Education and M.A in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She continues her education by attending workshops led by a variety of poets and as a member of the Danville Poets Society. Cairn is currently working on her first collection of poetry. She lives in Danville, CA.