Steve Kowit

Steve Kowit

Born in Brooklyn in 1938, Steve Kowit was active in the poetry-reading coffee houses of the Lower East Side and studied poetry with Ned O’Gorman at Brooklyn College, Stanley Kunitz at the 92nd Street Y, and with Robert Lowell at the New School for Social Research.

A leader among San Diego poets and editor of the weekly poetry column in the Reader since 2006, passed away in his sleep April 2, 2015. Several local poets paid tribute to him shortly thereafter.

Articles by Steve Kowit

Dover Beach

The sea is calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out ...

A way out of the military

Uncle Sam doesn't love you anymore, or perhaps the relationship has cooled from your point of view... where do you go from here?

A young marine at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot sent a desperate letter to the Center for Servicemen’s Rights. It was obvious that he was barely literate. It was also obvious that he was in ...

San Diego doctors, patients debate electroconvulsive therapy


“The Shock Shop. Mr. McMurphy, is jargon for the EST machine, the Electro Shock Therapy. A device that might be said to do the work of the sleeping pill, the electric chair, and the torture ...