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David Cogswell

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David Cogswell was born in Kansas to an English war bride and her D-Day veteran Navy lieutenant husband.

He says that he is a product of the middle of America in the middle of the 20th Century.

He studied at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, pursuing courses in fine arts, art history, industrial design, English, American studies and mass communications, but later got hung up in a social revolution and dropped out after three and a half years.

He went on the road with a rock and roll band. "You can always go back to school," his musician friends told him. "But when will you be able to do this again?"

Later David did return to school to study creative writing at the New School in New York.

As a musician, he traveled widely throughout the heartland of the U.S. and Canada. He dug deeply into the fabric of American life in many diverse and unrecognized pockets of culture throughout the country. Knocking around the music industry, he played with, shared bills with and brushed shoulders with many of the great singers and musicians of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

David says that he has worked about a hundred jobs and has explored many layers of the working milieu, from dishwasher to draftsman, photographer, reporter, piano player, bartender, ditch digger, graveyard attendant, bookstore proprietor, speechwriter and file clerk.

As a writer, David has traveled the world from Antarctica to St. Petersburg to Cape Town and explored many lives and worlds.

We are thrilled to welcome David to the Kansas Free Press and we look forward to all of his news stories and opinion pieces.

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