He earned a bachelor of arts in literature at Auburn University Montgomery and a master's and Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida where he did research on William Blake and children's literature. He taught at several colleges across the country and was a contributing editor to the Oyster Boy Review in Pacifica, California from 1993 to 2003 and a reviewer for Eclectica in New Orleans, Louisiana from then until his death from accidental choking.
His "Benny Poda Trilogy" (The Benny Poda Years, Town Full of Hoors and What God Has Joined Together) was published online in installments by Levee67, publisher of the Oyster Bay Review.
In 2000 McGowin recorded an album of original folk songs entitled Love & Pity (A Priori). He wrote on Underwood No. 5 and Olivetti 22 typewriters, then made revisions on computer. He had one son, Holden, with his former wife, Bonnie. He was buried in Montgomery.
- McGowin, Kevin (1993) Bogus Pastimes (poems) Louisiana State University Press
- McGowin, Kevin (1994) Wild Afflictions (poems)
- McGowin, Kevin (1998) The Basement (novella)
- McGowin, Kevin (1999) The Better Part of a Fortnight (poems). Funky Dog Publishing
- McGowin, Kevin (1999) Millennium Torch Songs (poems)
- McGowin, Kevin (2001) The Benny Poda Years. Levee67
- McGowin, Kevin (2001) Town Full of Hoors. Levee67
- McGowin, Kevin (2002) What God Has Joined Together. Levee67
- McGowin, Kevin (2004) Flies in the Buttermilk. Frontier Publishing
- McGowin, Kevin (2001) All That and Then Some
- McGowin, Kevin (2005) Twelve Birmingham Stories (unfinished)
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