Kevin McGowin

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Kevin McGowin (1970, Birmingham, Alabama – January 18, 2005, Birmingham) was an American writer, college teacher and typewriter enthusiast.[1] Holding degrees in literature from Auburn University at Montgomery and the University of Florida, he taught literature and creative writing, moving from one college to another quite often, before he decided to become a full-time writer. He lived in Birmingham, Micanopy, Denver, Raleigh, New Hampshire, New York City, New Orleans, and then back in his native Birmingham, where he died in a tragic accident, choking on food.

He was first noticed as a poet, with such collections as Bogus Pastimes (1993), Wild Afflictions (1994), and The Better Part of a Fortnight (1999).[2]

Initially his fiction was published online, notably the three novels known as "The Benny Poda Trilogy": The Benny Poda Years (2001), Town Full of Hoors (2001) and What God Has Joined Together (2002), all written and posted "a chapter a day". The trilogy is his only major work of fiction published in print. His last novel, Flies in the Buttermilk, was serialized online in 2003–2004. All these are social satires, with some elements of supernatural and macabre, spiced up with a considerable amount of strong language. McGowin showed a more lyrical side in his short stories, to be found on various websites online; Slender Accidents (2004) being a major collection of vignettes.

Kevin McGowin was a noted reviewer, contributing for years to Oyster Boy Review magazine and Eclectica Magazine, where he was appointed Reviews Editor in 2003.[3]

He also recorded a CD of original folk songs entitled Love & Pity (A Priori, 2000).[4]


  1. ^ Typewriter Tributes. The Classic Typewriter Page: Antique Typewriters. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  2. ^ About the Author. Levee 67. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  3. ^ Contributor’s Notes. Eclectica magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  4. ^ Kevin McGowin. Directory of Writers. Retrieved September 30, 2009.

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