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Karl Koweski

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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.



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

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.[1] Koweski was a key member in the Guild of Outsider Writers, the current incarnation of which is the Outsider Writers Collective and Press.[2]

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


  • 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

Further Reading



Notes and references

  1. http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/issue72cover.html Zygote in my Coffee:Issue 72
  2. Outsider Writers:About
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