WHO IS KEN MCKOWEN?

From Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul

Who Is Ken McKowen?

Ken McKowen recently married coauthor Dahlynn McKowen, gaining two stepchildren, in addition to his adult son Jason. He has spent more than twenty-seven years with California State Parks as a park ranger, a planner and a writer. He currently manages the state parks’ statewide trails program, which includes the distribution of several million dollars in grant funding annually.

Ken is also a freelance writer, having sold his first article to the travel section of a major newspaper in 1977, the same year Jason was born. Since then, his writing career has included several years as the head writer for the California State Parks marketing and public relations office; writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers, brochure text, speeches, and advertising copy; writing state park general plans; and as a freelancer selling outdoor and travel-related articles to magazines and newspapers. Ken has had two books published, the last of which was the highly acclaimed The Longstreet Highroad Guide to the California Coast. He has had hundreds of his photos published, and he has edited books and articles for other writers.

Ken’s very successful efforts over the years in writing grant proposals, and in reviewing grant applications in his present job, has led to him teaching the art of successful grant writing in numerous seminars, and occasionally penning grants for nonprofit organizations. He also works with Dahlynn to turn out freelance articles and the photos that accompany them.

With a new family that includes Dahlynn’s twelve-year-old daughter Lahre and seven-year-old son Shawn, Ken spends many enjoyable evenings and weekends fishing, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and helping with homework. He still finds time to improve his piano playing, learn to play the clarinet, tie a few fishing flies, build furniture and wooden kayaks, travel, write screenplays and novels—and really enjoy life.

Ken can be reached at:

Ken McKowen
Two Writers’ Ink
P.O. Box 607
Orangevale, CA 95662
[email protected]

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