Kim Dower

Poet Laureate of West Hollywood
2016 – 2018

Reading Ode to West Hollywood

Kim Dower is the author of five collections of poetry: Air Kissing on Mars, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” (Los Angeles Times), Slice of Moon, “unexpected and sublime,” (“O” Magazine), Last Train to the Missing Planet, “poems that speak about the grey space between tragedy and tenderness, memory and loss, fragility and perseverance,” (Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco), the Gold Ippy Award winning Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave, and her latest, I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom, “Deftly constructed, inherently interesting, impressively insightful, thought-provoking, and truly memorable” (Midwest Book Reviews). Dower’s poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” as well as in many journals and anthologies. She teaches poetry workshops for Antioch University, UCLA Extension, West Hollywood Library, and the Hollywood LGBT Senior Center.