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Whitman Ott McGowan

Whitman Ott McGowan, American performer, curator, poet. Avocations: circuit training, gardening. Recipient Big Book award Bumbershoot Seattle Arts Festival, 1991, Honorable Mention Voice award. 1994; nominee Pushcart prize, 1995.


  • McGowan, Whitman Ott was born on December 14, 1950 in Pasadena, California, United States. Son of William Ingham and Sarah Ann (Ott) McGowan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Film Studies, University California, Santa Barbara, 1974.


    • Curator, performer Word Party at Farley's Poetry Series, San Francisco, 1989-1994. Curator Espressomental Music Series, Pasadena, 1985.

    Major achievements

    • Avocations: circuit training, gardening.


    • Featured performer National Poetry Week, I, II, III, XII, 1987-1993. Exhibiting poet, artist National Poetry Week III, 1989, Fest on the Fault Line, 1995-1996, Cafe Arts Month, 1994-1996. Creator public access television series H.O. Theater, Santa Monica, California, 1982.

      Co-creator, emcee Expresso Yourself Open Mike Series, Pasadena, 1984-1985
    • poet.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Community field video worker City and County of San Franicso, 1976, election inspector, 1994. Founding member Jackson St. Neighborhood Coalition, San Francisco, 1990. Member American Federation of television and Radio Artists, American Society of Composers.


    • father: William Ingham McGowan
    • mother: Sarah Ann (Ott) McGowan
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    Born December 14, 1950
    (age 65)
    • 1974
      University California
    • 1989 - 1994
      San Francisco, California, United States