His classes are extremely popular and one of the reasons is because he is one of the most generous writers I know. Beginning poets are not discouraged, but receive gentle notes with suggestions as to how to improve their work. He is personable and approachable. I have met some of our highly touted editors of literary journals who will hardly talk to lesser known poets, but not Scott. I am happy he is a regular on our faculty.
His poetry touches us in various ways.
Here is what former NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer says about Eye of the Beholder:
"The eye in Scott Owens' "Eye of the Beholder" is the passionate "I" of the poet, watching every turn and gesture of the beloved and speaking from it, sounding the lineaments of desire in each poem and pulling the reader into its embrace. Over the years, Owens has ranged widely in subject matter and style. This is his most intimate book yet, his voice tender, full of longing and anticipation. He beholds what he loves, whether woman, blossom, or falling leaf, all of it gathered up in the world's body, the ultimate beloved, after all, that he renders in finely tuned lyrics."