Hickory – Redhawk Publishing Co. is proud to publish Scott Owens’ newest collection of poems, Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming. Owens, a poetry professor at Lenoir Rhyne University, has taught in a variety of settings for nearly 30 years. He has also been owner-operator of Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory for the past 9 years. His first profession, however, is that of poet.

Owens published his first book, “The Persistence of Faith,” nearly 30 years ago. Since then he has published more than 1400 poems and articles on poetry in journals, books, and anthologies around the world, won numerous awards for his work, taught several dozen workshops on writing in schools, conferences, and libraries, given over 200 readings of his work, judged numerous poetry competitions, and edited 4 different literary magazines.

Owens states that the poems in Sky Full of Stars were mostly written in the last year or two and are among his most positive and upbeat poems. He says the focus of the book is on the things that sustain us in times of trouble: love, family, work, nature, and attitude. The poems include a variety of styles ranging from sonnet variations and haiku to prose poems and invented forms.

Fellow poet, Malaika King Albrecht, President of the NC Poetry Society, says these “poems pause everyday moments and a wide range of life experiences for the reader to see more fully. They celebrate survivors and inspire a gratitude for the ability to not only survive but to thrive. They sing of a life well-lived and well-observed.”

Robert Lee Brewer, Editor of Poet’s Market, states “Owens shares a world filled with life and possibility (even during a pandemic). Owens reminds us that even during our moments of greatest challenge we’re still surrounded by hope, beauty, and so much life.”

Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming is available at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse as well as through Redhawk’s website at redhawkpublications.company.site, and through Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.