Paul Bowers lives with his wife on a ten-acre farm in Major County, Oklahoma. He earned a B.A. from The University of Tulsa, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University, and he currently teaches writing and literature at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, OK. His collection of short stories, Like Men, Made Various, was published by Lost Horse Press (2006). His first poetry collection, The Lone, Cautious, Animal Life, was published by purple flag press (2016), and his most recent collection of poems, Occasional Hymns, was released in July 2018 (Turning Plow Press). Bowers is also a frequent contributor to print and online literary journals and magazines, including Concho River Review, San Pedro River Review, Dragon Poet Review, The Adirondack Review, Poetry Quarterly, Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, and Red Earth Review, among many others.
About Occasional Hymns
In this stunning new poetry collection, Occasional Hymns, Oklahoma poet Paul Bowers draws upon the landscape and people of the Midwest, in the tradition of Ted Kooser, and offers keen observations of rural life reminiscent of the poetry of Jane Kenyon and Mary Oliver. Inspired by the musical traditions of the Baptist Church, Bowers creates crafted poems that resonate like favorite hymns sung with deep conviction and spiritual insight.