Kevin J. O'Conner (54) is not your typical poet.

He has not won poetry awards or contests, earned an MFA, taught writing in colleges or workshops, attended writing retreats, studied under writers of reputation, or been published in an ever-growing list of journals.

His early influences were not poets, but songwriters.

He prefers the direct over the decorative, both in language and presentation.

Kevin's working method combines monthly writing challenges with writing every day (or as close to it as possible). Initial feedback comes from posting each day's best (or least horrible) poem to his blog, and reading at open-mic events. This approach disqualifies the poems from being considered for publication in most journals, making self-publishing the order of the day.

To date, Kevin has published nine collections of poetry (which he also designed); the tenth will be 8: Eight-word Poems. He has also published three volumes of 'love notes' to the days of the week, with a fourth volume coming soon.

When not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, attending open-mics, designing books, taking photographs, and contemplating what to make now that he has tired of soup. He lives near Seattle with his semi-neurotic cat, Trixie.

(16 September 2017)
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