Lisa Owens is a poet from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. With a passion for connection to self, nature and others she seeks to inspire, instil strength and build a relationship with the reader. When not writing, she can be found nestled among her collection of old vintage books, enjoying a stouty Guinness in a lively pub, or snuggled on the couch with her two boys. Her work can be found in publications by Quillkeepers Press, Poets Choice, Tiny Seed Journal, Plants & Poetry Journal, Bluing the Blade Literary Journal, Epoch Literary Journal, Wingless Dreamer and Unlimited Literature (forthcoming). You can find Lisa on Instagram here. Lisa’s piece, ‘Coffee from Kinross’ can be found in Epoch Press’ Autumn issue, ‘Transitions’, which you can purchase here.
‘Transitions’ is such an evocative theme, what compelled you to submit for this issue?
The “Transitions” theme spoke to me as I believe as individuals we are continually growing and changing. This individual growth oftentimes projects outwards to touch others around us. I found this theme had great potential to connect with readers on a very personal level. One of my goals as a writer is to connect with and build a relationship with each reader and I felt my piece Coffee From Kinross offered that opportunity under this theme.
Do you have a routine for writing? If so, what is it and how has it evolved?
The words come to me when they are ready and, because of this, I carry a notebook with me so that when the words come I can get them down right away in their raw form. Depending on the subject-matter of the poem, I will handwrite the first few versions. When I feel like the piece is just about right, I then type it up and complete final revisions in that manner. When I first started writing poetry, I could only write that which came to me at mostly unexpected times and consisted of deep emotions or desires. I have been working on growing in the ability to write about observations from my surroundings as they happen and am quite happy with some of the pieces that have developed from those efforts. 3. Do you find that CNF comes easy to you as a writer and/or what is challenging about it?
What is most challenging and most rewarding about using real life in your poetry?
As a poet who has had multiple pieces published that revolve around very personal, deep and raw emotions, I find that you have to be okay with showing that vulnerability with the understanding that it might not resonate with readers in the way you want it to. The most rewarding thing for me in sharing real life emotions and desires is that it has the potential to resonate with the reader on some level who may have experienced the same thing and shows others that they are not alone.
What is song is on repeat for you right now?
One of my favourite musical artists is Ed Sheeran and right now I have Tenerife Sea on repeat.