Event featuring a poet’s first children’s book | Local News


HICKORY — Scott Owens, a professor of poetry at Lenoir-Rhyne University and founder of Poetry Hickory, has written 17 books of poetry, but his most recent, ‘Worlds Enough,’ is the first he’s written for children.

Owens will read “Worlds Enough” July 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory as part of the Poetry Hickory 15-year reading series.

Released earlier this month and illustrated by local artist Missy Cleveland, “Worlds Enough” features nearly 60 poems ranging from whimsical tales to haiku to riddles, all designed to entertain and sometimes challenge young minds and often older minds.

The poems were written throughout Owens’ 35-year career as a poet and teacher, but many were written in the past year in response to Missy Cleveland’s paintings, more than 60 of which are included in the book.

Cleveland received a grant from the United Arts Council for her work on the book. Likewise, Owens has received awards for her writing from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Academy of American Poets, NC Poetry Society, NC Writers Network, and Indie Lit Awards. He has been frequently featured on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” series, and his essays on poetry have been included several times in “Poet’s Market.”

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“Worlds Enough” is available for purchase from Taste Full Beans, or through Redhawk Publishing, or Amazon.

For more information, contact Owens at [email protected] or 828-234-4266.

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