05/17 Steve Kowit/Tomas Gayton Poetry Reading
Join us as beloved poetry authors Steve Kowit (also a SDWI instructor) and Tomas Gayton read excerpts from their work Friday, May 17 from 7-9 pm.
Steve Kowit was born in Brooklyn and moved to San Diego over twenty-five years ago, where he teaches at Southwestern College. He earned his BA from Brooklyn College, his MA from San Francisco State College, and his MFA from Warren Wilson College. In addition to authoring several books of his own poetry, he has edited a poetry anthology, The Maverick Poets; written several works on the subject of writing poetry, including the highly praised In the Palm Of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. He is distinguished by his many awards for poetry, some of which include the National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Ouroboros Book Award, the 2006 Tampa Review Poetry Prize, and most recently the San Diego Theodore Geisel Award. His collection of poems, The Dumbbell Nebula, was a San Francisco Chronicle’s Notable Book of the Year, and his most recent books of poems, Gods of Rapture and The First Noble Truth have attracted rapt attention and praise from reviewers.
Tomás Gayton was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of African American pioneers. He began writing verse soon after graduating with a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington. Tomás is a Civil Rights attorney/activist and world traveler who lives in San Diego. His poetry is his life in verse.
Tomás’ words have appeared in Poets West, The Seattle Review, The San Diego Reader, City Works, African American Review and other literary publications. His most recent volume of poetry and prose is Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway, published by Poetic Matrix. His memoir, Long Journey Home, is also available through the Amazon Kindle Store. Other works include: Vientos de Cambio/Winds of Change, Yazoo City Blues, Time of the Poet, Dark Symphony in Duet with the late Sarah Fabio, and Two Races, One Face, with John Peterson. Tomás’ work is also featured on his website (www.sambajia.com).