By CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA | Reporter
Keven Bellows has been writing her entire life.
Whether it was a news article for the San Francisco and Los Angeles Times, or a press release for a client of her self-started PR company, she has always been putting pen on paper.
But what Bellows loved writing the most has now resulted in three poetry books and a course on writing poetry at UCLA Extension.
Her latest book, “Late Harvest,” draws on her 82 years of life experience to put into words what most can’t, and plays with words in an easy-to-understand and impactful way.
“It’s like talking to yourself,” Bellows said in an interview with the Palisadian-Post. “Knowing how you feel and what you’re thinking about and what’s sticking.”
Bellows said her life is pretty much poetry. If she’s not writing it, she’s teaching it or meeting up with her monthly poetry group. She sees poetry as a way to not only learn about yourself, but to help identify any life patterns or connections to your past.
“I find that it’s a great way of getting to know myself and to know what I’m feeling,” she said.
In 2010, Bellows wrote and published “The Blue Darter,” which focused on her late husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s.
Married to world-renowned journalist Jim Bellows, Keven found writing to be therapeutic and helped her get through that difficult time.
Now her experiences are taking her around the state, helping others find inspiration to read more poetry or write some of their own.
“I think that a lot of people say they don’t understand poetry, but they’re just reading the wrong poets,” Bellows said. “Poetry should be very accessible.”
She is now working to make her poetry accessible, doing poetry readings at various bookstores throughout the state. Her book is available for purchase on lateharvestbook.com.