Frank LaRue Owen


Author's Bio


Frank LaRue Owen follows a Nature-oriented contemplative and creative path shaped by the seasons, numinous experiences in forests and mountains, depth psychology, and the practices of hillwalking and shikantaza (a form of meditation in the Zen tradition).

Among his many interests are Japanese aesthetics, research findings surrounding shinrin-yoku, hermit-poet tradition, Jungian dreambody work, midlife psychology, spiritual formation mentoring, and the connection between Nature, dreams, and creative expression.

Frank resides near the Chattahoochee National Forest, the ancestral home of the Muscogee (Creek), where he can often be found gardening, sipping saké, and exploring the rich biodiversity of the Piedmont region of north Georgia.


Frank's poetry over the years has been a blend of styles ranging from free verse and haiku to dream-poems and haibun (prose with poetry). His first three books of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, The Temple of Warm Harmony, and Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, were all published by Homebound Publications.

In the Spring of 2017, The School of Soft-Attention was selected as the winner of the 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize, and garnered a Silver Nautilus Book Award in 2018.

Also in 2018, one of the poems from The School of Soft-Attention, "The Bouquet of the Last Direction", was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Frank’s second book of poetry, The Temple of Warm Harmony, released in August 2019, was nominated in 2020 for a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award.

The last book in the series with Homebound, Stirrup of the Sun & Moon, was released in April 2020.


Frank studied for a decade with Darion Kuma Gracen (1949-2007), a Zen woman and spiritual direction guide who blended Nature-based practices, Zen meditation, dreamwork, and contemplative poetics as a unified path.

He received a Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 1996, where he also studied Buddhist contemplative psychology, ecopsychology, Gestalt psychology, Jungian psychology, the Shambhala teachings, and organizational development. His creative studies have included Dharma art as well as eco-poetics and haiku with the late Jack Collom.

Prior to his graduate studies at Naropa, Frank studied the full spectrum of Japanese religions academically with scholar Thomas Kasulis, author of Zen Action/Zen Person and Shinto: The Way Home.

His writings can be found at:

Publications & Prizes

Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land (Hiraeth Press, 2008)
Stirrup of the Sun & Moon (Homebound Publications, 2020)
The Temple of Warm Harmony (Homebound Publications, 2019)
The School of Soft-Attention (Homebound Publications, 2018)
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Written River
Prizes won: 

2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize

2018 Silver Nautilus Book Award

2020 Nominated for a Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Otagaki Rengetsu, Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, Ryokan, Santoka Taneda, Chiyo-Ni, Ikkyu, William Scott Wilson, Red Pine (Bill Porter), David Hinton, D.T. Suzuki, Mary Oliver, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Jim Harrison, Joy Harjo, Chris La Tray, W.S. Merwin, Bai Juyi
What I'm reading now: 
The Life and Zen Haiku Poetry of Santoka Taneda by Sumita Oyama, Wind in the Pines: Classic Writings of the Way of Tea as a Buddhist Path by Dennis Hirota

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Illness/Wellness, Naturalists/Environmentalists
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Born in: 
Biloxi, MS
Raised in: 
Atlanta, GA
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Last update: Mar 18, 2021