Author of
At My Wit's Beginning (Eventuality Press, 2003/2007), 
Winsome Losesome (Eventuality Press, 2010).
Beyond Perspective (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Bay Area Poets Review, Brevities, Bright Stars 4: An Organic Tanka Anthology, Carquinez Poetry Review, The Crazy Child Scribbler, GRRRRR--A Collection of Poems About Bears (Arctos Press), Hawk & WhippoorwillLilipoh
Lilliput ReviewMinotaur, Out of OurPoetry Depth Quarterly, red lightsRemembering (anthology of Poets' Dinner contest winners), Ribbons, San Diego Poetry AnnualSan Francisco Peace & Hope (online and print editions 2015 & 2018) and elsewhere. 

Frequent award-winner in Artists Embassy International's Annual Dancing Poetry Festival Contests, including a Grand Prize (2002) and a First Prize (2010)

Grand Prize winner in the first Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review Contest 2010. 

In 2008, served on the selection committee for the first poet laureate of Albany, California: Christina Hutchins. 

Co-host of the monthly (2nd Fridays) Last Word Poetry Reading Series, held at Nefeli Caffe in Berkeley from 2003-2018, and new location (starting 2019) at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley.

Long-time President of the Bay Area Poets Coalition and co-editor of Poetalk journal.  


Berkeley High School - Class of 1982

San Diego State University - BA English/Creative Writing, 1987




Academy of American Poets

Alameda Island Poets

Artists Embassy International

Bay Area Poets Coalition

Ina Coolbrith Circle

Tanka Society of America




Billy Collins

Jane Hirshfield

Mary Oliver

Linda Pastan

Charles Simic

Mark Strand

James Tate


To Rowe or not... 


not the quintessential poet

rather a poet of few words

turning them within context

tuning them to serpent harmonies

coiled meanings, twisted finales

seemingly simple he takes our hand

as a child might, or a man, leading

or being led into an alchemist's

retort, a philosopher's stone,

his scant words like dross pile up

suddenly spiraling into gold.


– Tom Odegard, 3/12/05

"At My Wit's Beginning, is a delightful and thought provoking collection that will make even the most cool and reserved among us laugh out loud at least once! If you appreciate the brevity and surrealism of Richard Brautigan and the dry wit of comedian Stephen Wright then this is for you." 

– Robin Michel, poet & writer (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)



                               Poem from At My Wit's Beginning:



                             The Silver Lining

                        Walking for hours (days perhaps),

                        bones pressing against skin,

                        I come upon

                        a fork in the road.


                        I pick it up

                        and pick up the pace

                        in hopes of soon finding

                        the knife and the spoon,


                        then my place at a table

                        with plate of food

                        providing nourishment needed

                        to continue this awkward journey.


                        – John Rowe