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Kenneth Koch

Born: Feb 27, 1925

Death: Jul 6, 2002

Birthplace: Cincinnati

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Kenneth Koch

Date of Birth : Feb 27, 1925
Date of Death : Jul 6, 2002
Birth Place : Cincinnati

Kenneth Koch was an American poet, playwright, and professor, active from the 1950s until his death at age 77. He was a prominent poet of the New York School of poetry, a loose group of poets including Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery that eschewed contemporary introspective poetry in favor of an exuberant, cosmopolitan style that drew major inspiration from travel, painting, and music.


  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Author
  • Poet
  • Playwright
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Jay Kenneth Koch


  • Karen Culler
  • Janice Elwood

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • Bollingen Prize
  • Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry
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