Wild Goose Poetry Review is an online journal of poetry, reviews, and poetry-related news, edited by Scott Owens, located in North Carolina. To facilitate further conversation about the poetry in the Goose, Wild Goose posts commentary by the poets and invites readers to leave their comments as well. All comments are screened by the editors to insure appropriateness. The intention is to publish new issues of Wild Goose in mid February, mid May, mid August, and mid November. Reality, however, sometimes intercedes with such plans. Submissions for each issue close at the end of the month preceding publication.


Scott Owens was born in Greenwood, SC, and holds a BA in English from Ohio University, a MA in English from UNC Charlotte, and an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Greensboro. He is the author of 14 collections of poetry, including Down to Sleep (Main Street Rag, forthcoming), Thinking About the Next Big Bang in the Galaxy at the Edge of Town (Main Street Rag, 2015), To (Main Street Rag, 2014), Eye of the Beholder (Main Street Rag, 2013), Shadows Trail Them Home (2012, Clemson University Press), For One Who Knows How to Own Land (2012, Future Cycle Press), Something Knows the Moment (Main Street Rag, 2011), The Nature of Attraction (Main Street Rag, 2010), Paternity (Main Street Rag, 2010), and The Fractured World (Main Street Rag, 2008). His poetry has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the North Carolina Poetry Society, the Poetry Council of North Carolina, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina. He has published more than 1200 poems in a wide range of journals including Georgia Review, North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry East, Tar River Poetry, Chattahoochee Review, and many others.

Scott is the founder of Poetry Hickory, and The Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art, coordinator of the NC Poetry Society’s Poetry Day, former Associate Editor of Southern Poetry Review, and former  Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina and the NC Poetry Society. He has taught creative writing classes and workshops for more than 20 years, given more than 200 public readings of his work, and frequently serves as a judge for poetry and poetry book contests. His work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, Wordplay, The Joe Milford Show, NPR, and in Poet’s Market.

He can be reached at asowens1@yahoo.com or through his website.


Katelyn Vause is a junior English major at Lenoir-Rhyne University with minors in Creative Writing and Biology. In addition to being an Assistant Editor for Wild Goose Poetry Review, she is also the Assistant Editor for Lenoir-Rhyne’s literary magazine, Cantos, and a Student Assistant for the campus Visiting Writers Series. She is a proud native of North Carolina and loves exploring its various landscapes and writing about them. Katelyn will have a poem published in the 2016 edition of KAKALAK (Main Street Rag), due out this December.

Jordan Makant is a senior History major with a minor in Creative Writing at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition to being an Assistant Editor at Wild Goose Poetry Review, he is also an actor and recently finished the LR Playmakers production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), where he played the role of Adam Long.  Jordan has been published in Cantos, LRU’s literary magazine, and received the first place poetry award for the 2015/16 academic year. His poem “Irish Girl” was recently published in Rat’s Ass Review, and his poems “Greener Grass” and “Thought Twice; It’s Not Alright” are forthcoming from Poetry in Plain Sight and Main Street Rag, respectively.


Kati Waldrop is a senior Creative Writing major at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition to being an Assistant Editor for Wild Goose Poetry Review, she is the Editor for Lenoir-Rhyne’s own magazine Cantos and recipient of the first place poetry award for 2014-2015, as well as the Edythe Beam Mayes Award in Creative Writing for the same year. Genre fiction has always been her first love, and her short story The Gnashing Gears is being published by Frith Books in their upcoming collection Night Shades.