Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming by Scott Owens
“Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming is Scott Owens’ newest collection, and with over a dozen books to his credit, Owens, a masterful poet, once again delivers poems that amaze, move, and delight a reader with their musicality, images, and depth. In his poem 'Stack Rock Creek,' he not only creates a lovely ars poetica, but also reveals a larger truth of how to live a life, a way of being in the world that is deeply embodied. In the poem, he writes, 'a purpose, making/things stand/still/if only a moment/to be seen better.' Owens’ poems pause everyday moments and a wide range of life experiences for the reader to see more fully. These poems celebrate survivors and inspire a gratitude for the ability to not only survive but to thrive. His poems sing of a life well-lived and well-observed, and I will return to be in their good company often.”
—Malaika King Albrecht, President, NC Poetry Society
“In Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming, Scott Owens shares a world filled with life and possibility (even during a pandemic). This living world contains natural wonders making ‘a sound as big as day’ and the wonders of human relationships. Owens reminds us that even during our greatest moments of challenge we’re still surrounded by hope, beauty, and so much life.”
—Robert Lee Brewer, Senior Editor, Writers’ Market
“Anyone who has known and read Scott Owens’ prolific output of poetry over the past fifteen years is also aware that he takes his role as an artist and his place as a community activist seriously. This important collection finds him doing no less. While Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming is clearly set in the pandemic year just past, with its references to our 'new normal,' Owens focuses his heart and eye instead on the connections to nature and family and work that provide the gravity to not just hold him in this world, but to carry hope into that endeavor.”
—Tim Peeler, author of The Life and Times of Jaysus Christopher Duende and Darrel Cobb Runkle
Scott Owens holds degrees from Ohio University, UNC-Charlotte, and UNC-Greensboro. He is Professor of Poetry at Lenoir-Rhyne University, former editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and Southern Poetry Review. He owns and operates Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery and coordinates Poetry Hickory. He is the author of 16 collections of poetry and recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the NC Writers' Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC. He has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac seven times, and his articles about poetry have been featured frequently in Poet’s Market. He is the NCWN Regional Rep for the Central Foothills.