John Rowe, a native of the East Bay Area, is a poet with a reputation for whimsical wordplay and off-leash ideas, as evidenced in his first chapbook At My Wit's Beginning (Eventuality Press, 2003/2007).
Continuing in that vein, his
new chapbook Winsome Losesome a ims to elicit grins and laughter whenever possible.
JR's poems have appeared in a fair share of journals and anthologies.
been an award-winner in Artists Embassy International's Annual Dancing Poetry Festival Contests, including a Grand Prize (2002) and a First Prize (2010).
received the Grand Prize in the first Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review Contest 2010.
JR is actively involved in the organization and leadership of community poetry events.
a co-host of the monthly (2nd Fridays) Last Word Poetry Reading Series, held at Nefeli Caffe in Berkeley
For many years he's
served as president of the Bay Area Poets Coalition
and associate editor of Poetalk magazine