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Kowit, Steve SAN DIEGO -- Steve Kowit of San Diego, died suddenly April 2, 2015. Poet, teacher, essayist, activist, friend to many, and tireless advocate for the oppressed. Survived by his beloved wife Mary Kowit, sister Carol (Alex) Adler, and many companion animals. Born in 1938 in Brooklyn, NY, he came of age in the early 1960s coffeehouse poetry scene, then brought his art south and west. A champion of accessible poetry, he is author of The Dumbbell Nebula, The Maverick Poets, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop, and a number of poetry collections. His work earned him an NEA fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and many other literary awards. Incorrigible and outspoken, he founded San Diego's first animal rights organization while still actively teaching and writing. He shared his love of poetry with countless students in Florida, Maryland, Idaho, and California, where he held college teaching posts, eventually retiring from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA. Humane, insightful, hilarious and kind, he will be sorely missed. Memorials to The Innocence Project or Doctors Without Borders.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 19, 2015
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