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Death of John Edwin Cowen

I announce with sadness that John Edwin Cowen, my friend and Trustee of the Literary Estate of Jose Garcia Villa, passed away on August 23, 2012.  Among John's accomplishments as Trustee, he arranged for the preservation of Villa's literary papers by donating them to the Houghton Library Collection at Harvard University, he was editor of the Penguin Classics centennial volume:  "Doveglion: The Collected Poems of Jose Garcia Villa," published in 2008 on the 100-year anniversary of Villa's birth, and he facilitated my access to Villa's papers, thus enabling me to prepare the manuscript to which this website is devoted.  John was a poet in his own right and successfully published two volumes of his own poems shortly before his death. 

Villa's Will did not provide for a successor Trustee, and the affairs of Villa's Estate now are in the hands of Villa's two sons, Randy and Lance, with Lance being named as Executor in the Will.

Vocation: Wall Street Trial Lawyer (Retired)
Avocation: Poetry and Poetics
Studied poetry with Jose Garcia Villa 1970-1997
Writer and Publisher of Poetry


  • Bob King
    Bob King Thursday, 07 July 2016

    I received an inquiry for "Grace Guerrero" for contact information for Lance and Randy Villa. I do not think it appropriate to post such information on this website. However, persons having a legitimate need for contact information for Lance Villa, who now is in charge of Villa's estate, can write to me at my e-mail address,, identifying who you are and why you need the information, and providing your e-mail address, and I will consider your request. Robert King

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