Author, editor; veterans advocate. Born– May 7, 1920, Bridgeport, Conn. Parents– Charles A. and Irene (Johnson) Bowen. Married– Dorothy Edwards, 1947; married 2d Naomi L. Misumi, 1968.  Children– four. Education– Attended the  Junior College of Connecticut, 1945-1946; University of Alabama, B.A., 1948, M.A., 1950; studied on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University College of North Wales, 1952-1953.  Served in the U.S.Navy, WWII, 1937-45; prisoner of war in the Philippines, 1942-45.  Instructor and writer-in-residence at several universities. Reviewed fiction for the New York Times Book Review and served as a consultant to the Library of Congress and to major publishers.  Published stories and articles in many periodicals and anthologies.  Editor at Colonial Press in Northport, Ala. beginning in 1960; edited the Dallas Review, the Alaska Review, and Fur Rendezvous Magazine; proprietor of the North Employment Agency in Anchorage, Alaska, 1970-1980. Member Authors Guild, Modern Language Association, Montana Institute of the Arts, Alaska Press Club, Mountaineering Club of Alaska; member and president, Anchorage Rotary Club. Received the Alaskan of the Year Governor’s Award in 2002 for his work in organizing the Veterans Statue Project on the Delaney Park Strip. Died June 9, 2003.


Contemporary Authors Online; Alabama Librarian, Vol. 3 (1952); Obituary, 2003.


An Alaskan Dictionary. S.l.; Nooshnik Press, 1965.

Bamboo. New York; Knopf, 1953.

The Christmas Child (libretto). Performed by the Helena Montana Civic Symphony in 1960.

College Style Manual. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1962.

Marlow the Master and Other Stories. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1963.

The New Professors. New York; Holt, 1960.

Sidestreet. New York; Knopf, 1955.

The Truth About Communism. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1962.

The Weight of the Cross. New York; Knopf, 1951.


Practical Prose Studies. New York; Knopf, 1956.


Alaska Literature Directory. Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska Methodist University, 1964.