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[[File:Koweski.jpg|frame|right|Karl Koweski]] '''Karl Koweski''' (b. 16 November 1974) is an American poet, author, and editor. He is the author of the column, "Observations of a Dumb Polack", which debuted in Issue #63 (April 2006) of [[Zygote in my Coffee]] and ran there as a regular feature until its final issue in April 2010. Koweski works in an Alabama machine shop and occasionally gets paid to write articles for porn mags. ==Biography== ===Early life and education=== Koweski was born and raised in Hammond, Indiana, a suburb of Chicago. Not much is else known about his early years, but he has said he now lives on a mountain and is thought to have sung lead and played banjo in 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'', Editor [[Brian Fugett]] announced Koweski would be joining him as co-editor.<ref>http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/issue72cover.html Zygote in my Coffee:Issue 72</ref><br /><br />Since ''Zygote in My Coffee's'' demise, "Observations of a Dumb Polack" was picked up by ''Red Fez Publications'', a quarterly-published online magazine; it debuted in its Fall 2010 issue. Koweski also hosts "The Polish Hammer Poetry Hour" on BlogTalk Radio after co-hosting the now-defunct "Zygote in My Radio" show with Fugett.<br /><br />Koweski also was a key member in the ''[[Guild of Outsider Writers]]'', now known as ''[[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=== * ''IT'S ALL GOOD: How Do You Like It Here Now?'', edited by [[Jennifer Joseph]] & [[Wendy Shimamura]] (anthology), ''[[Manic D Press]]'' ISBN 0916397858 * ''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) ===Poems=== * [http://www.undergroundvoices.com/UVKoweskiKarl5.htm 2 Poems], ''[[Underground Voices Magazine]]'' ==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 Koweski"], ''[[What to Wear During an Orange Alert]]'' ==External Links== * [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/karl-koweski The Polish Hammer Poetry Hour] ==Notes and References== <references/> [[Category:People|Koweski]] [[Category:Editors|Koweski]] [[Category:Poets|Koweski]] [[Category:Authors|Koweski]]
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