THE POETRY OF DREAMS

Dreams Reign Supreme is a collection of short stories and poetry by Vincent Lowry, author of the acclaimed breakout novel Constellation Chronicles. Readers around the world have praised Vincent’s collection as “beautiful,” “touching,” and “original.”  Much praise has been garnered for Windows on the World, a hertfelt poem about Vincent’s experience  in the North Tower of the World Trade Center before its collapse. 

IN THE WORDS OF THE POET

I’ve been a writer for over ten years and what inspires me to write poetry is identical to what motivates me to create short stories and novels. It’s intriguing people and places. The world is filled with beautiful and surreal characters and environments, and I believe it’s our job as artists to open our eyes to the amazing material that stands before us so we can use it in our art. It could be a homeless person doing a crazy dance on a sidewalk. Or perhaps it’s a mother on a bus who is telling me a story about how her first baby was given up for adoption and how she’s spent her entire life looking for that child.

The best art–whether it comes in the form of a poem, novel, painting, photograph, or sculpture–takes what happens in real life and then redisplays that in a way that makes the observer stop and admire. Billy Collins, the poet, does this well. So too does biographer Neal Gabler, painter Diane Millsap, photographer Brian Kosoff, and, my personal favorite, sculptor Allan Houser (Houser’s creations blow my mind every time I see them). Life inspires art, which leads to art inspiring people. It’s a circular effect.

The trick to good writing–and anything in life, really–is to practice at it. I still learn from my mistakes everyday, and sometimes I have to force myself to put something down on paper no matter how tired or unmotivated I may be that morning or afternoon. It takes an extreme amount of self discipline. But in the end, especially when I see the printed book in my hands, it is always well worth the effort. It’s my piece of finished art.

Vincent Lowry was educated at Tulane University in New Orleans. He has published short stories and poetry in a wide array of magazines and ezines. He is the author of two books, Constellation Chronicles and Dreams Reign Supreme, and he lives in Los Angeles with his son.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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