John Rowe


Berkeley, CA
California US

Author's Bio

John Rowe is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including: At My Wit's Beginning (Eventuality Press), Winsome Losesome (Eventuality Press), and Beyond Perspective (Finishing Line Press). John's poems have appeared in a variety of small press journals and anthologies. He has enjoyed active participation as a featured reader at many venues and festivals, as well as volunteer involvement in the organization/ leadership of community poetry events in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. He was a co-host of the Last Word Poetry Reading Series (Berkeley). John has served as president of the Bay Area Poets Coalition (BAPC) and associate editor of Poetalk journal. He currently hosts a monthly (2nd Saturday) open reading on Zoom for BAPC. He and his wife, the poet Jan Dederick, reside in El Cerrito, CA.

Publications & Prizes

Ice Cream Poems (World Enough Writers, 2017)
San Diego Poetry Annual 2014-15 (William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press, 2015)
GRRRRR: A Collection of Poems About Bears (Arctos Press, 2000)
Beyond Perspective (Finishing Line Press, 2015)
Brevities: A Mini-Mag of Minimalist Poems
California Quarterly
Hawk & Whippoorwill
Lilliput Review
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Poetry Depth Quarterly
Red Lights
San Francisco Peace and Hope
Prizes won: 

Grand Prize (2002), First Prize (2010), and other prize-winning poems (2009-2019) -- Artists Embassy International’s Annual Dancing Poetry Festival Contests; Grand Prize (2010) -- Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review Contest: Prize-winning poems in the Annual Poets' Dinner Contests (Northern CA); Prize-winning poems in the Ina Coolbrith Circle's annual contests.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Mark Strand, Jane Hirshfield, Julia Vinograd, James Tate, Ron Padgett, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Charles Simic, Linda Pastan

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Born in: 
Oakland, CA
Raised in: 
Berkeley, CA
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Last update: Aug 19, 2023