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'''Karl Koweski''' (b. 16 November 1974) is an American poet, author, and editor. He is the author of the column, "Observations of a Dumb Pollack", which debuted on [[Zygote in my Coffee]] in Issue #63 (April 2006) and ran there as a regular feature until their final issue in April 2010. Koweksi works in a machine shop in Guntersville, Alabama and occasionaly gets paid to write articles for porn mags. ==Biography== ===Early life and education=== Koweski was born in Hammond, Indiana but grew up in Chicago. He was the lead singer/banjo player of the now defunct country/punk/disco band ''The Screaming Shits''. ===Literary career=== Koweski was a resident writer for the now defunct online literary magazine, ''[[Cherry Bleeds]]''.<ref>[http://www.cherrybleeds.com/words/guest/karl-may.html Cherry Bleeds:Author Bio]</ref> In April 2006, Koweski's column "Phantom of the Okra" began appearing on AntiMuse.<ref>[http://www.antimuse.org/cgi-bin/pageserver.cgi?page=06040106 AntiMuse Archives]</ref> In Issue #72 (November 2006) of ''Zygote in my Coffee'' it was announced that Koweski would be joining [[Brian Fugett]] at ''Zygote'' as the new co-editor.<ref>http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/issue72cover.html Zygote in my Coffee:Issue 72</ref> Koweski was a key member in the ''[[Guild of Outsider Writers]]'', the current incarnation of which is the ''[[Outsider Writers Collective and Press]]''.<ref>[http://www.outsiderwriters.org/about Outsider Writers:About]</ref> ==Styles and themes== "Koweski is a ‘meat-and-potatoes’ poet. No fancy language, no speaking over your head. When he writes about the real life you don’t want to see, like babies of dopeheads, disillusionment with a Wild West show, and the painful loss of a memory-laden car, you take his side.” —[[Cindy Rosmus]], editor of [[Yellow Mama]] ==Select Works== ===Books=== * ''Playthings'', Future Tense Books (2001) ISBN 1892061147 * ''Internet Killed the Mimeo Starr'', Hemispherical Press * ''Casualty of the Industrial Revolution'', Liquid Paper Press (2004) * ''Can't Kill a Man Born to Hang'', Bottle of Smoke Press (2005) ISBN 0975972367 * ''Demon Country'', Showcase Press * ''Diminishing Returns'', Sunnyoutside (2007) ISBN 1934513016 * ''Industrial Strip'', Covert Press ===Fiction=== * [http://www.laurahird.com/showcase/karlkoweski.html "Holly Go Darkly"], ''[[Laura Hird's Showcase]]'' * [http://www.cherrybleeds.com/words/guest/karl-may.html "Hillbilly Bowling"], ''[[Cherry Bleeds]]'' (2004) ==Further Reading== ===Reviews=== * [http://fullofcrow.com/crowreviews/2010/04/low-life-by-karl-koweski/ "Low Life by Karl Koweski Reviewed by Lynn Alexander"], ''Full of Crow'' (2010) * [http://dougholder.blogspot.com/search/label/Goodman%20on%20Koweski "Diminishing Returns by Karl Koweski Reviewed by Eleanor Goodman"], ''Ibbetson Update'' (2007) ===Interviews=== * [http://www.futuretensebooks.com/futuret/interviews/karl.html "Interview with Karl Koweski"], ''[[Future Tense Books]]'' * [http://wearduringorangealert.blogspot.com/2007/09/writers-corner_27.html "Writer's Corner:Karl Koweksi"], ''[[What to Wear During an Orange Alert]]'' ==Notes and references== <references/> [[Category:People|Koweski]] [[Category:Editors|Koweski]] [[Category:Poets|Koweski]] [[Category:Authors|Koweski]]
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