Author Spotlight: Meg Cowen
Up-and-coming writer, poet, and visual artist Meg Cowen is a master at creating works her readers can return to again and again. Her latest publication is a chapbook called If Tigers Do Not Come, which won the Palettes & Quills 3rd Biennial Chapbook Contest for Poetry. If Tigers Do Not Come seamlessly blends the surreal with the profound. Each poem is full of surprises as Cowen reveals layers of meaning with her unusual use of imagery. She takes readers on a horrifying journey where they watch one narrator transform into a dog and another where the dead return to give one final goodbye.
However, despite the curious mixture of horror and fragile images, underneath it all is one underlying message: language has the power to transform each and every one of us. Whether it’s metaphorical bindings that need to be broken or one last goodbye, language is what brings humans together and ultimately sets us free.
Her other chapbook, When Surrounded By Fire was published by Dancing Girl Press in February 2013. Cowen’s work can also be seen in the following publications as well: the Los Angeles Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Harpur Palate, The Pedestal Magazine, Gargoyle, and the Pinch. With her keen eye for well-placed imagery, Cowen is certainly an up-and-coming poet to keep a sharp eye out for.