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Barton Welcomes Poet Scott Owens for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on March 15

WILSON, N.C. — March 1, 2021 — Barton College will welcome poet Scott Owens for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Tuesday, March 15. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel on campus.

This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Please note that guests attending the event must observe social distancing protocols, and face masks are encouraged but not required.

Scott Owens is the author of 16 poetry collections, including “The Fractured World,” “For One Who Knows How to Own Land,” and “Shadows that Trail Them.” His newest collection, “Sky Full of Stars and Dreaming,” has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

His work has garnered awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the North Carolina Writers Network, the North Carolina Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina. He has been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” seven times, and his articles have appeared frequently in “Poet’s Market.”

After spending his childhood in mill villages and on his grandparents’ small farm in Greenwood, S.C., Owens earned degrees from Ohio University, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Greensboro.  His poetry often deals with poverty, child abuse, the nature of faith and doubt, disillusionment, but also hope.

Former editor of “Wild Goose Poetry Review” and “Southern Poetry Review,” Owens is Professor of Poetry at Lenoir Rhyne University. He owns and operates Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery and coordinates Poetry Hickory in Hickory.

The Victor R. Small Writers Series is sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Department of English and Modern Languages. For additional information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin, Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair for Southern Literature, at (252) 399-6364 or rlgodwin@barton.edu.