José Gouveia Has Died. RIP

Jose  GouveiaLast fall we announced on this site the illness of poet and friend of poetry, Cape Cod’s Jose Gouveia. It is with sadness we announce his passing on May 10.

His contribution to the Cape Cod poetry community was considerable, and his nickname — JoeGo — suggests the  energy he gave to the events he planned. The son of Portuguese immigrants, Gouveia wrote candidly from working class, political and cultural perspectives. He was the author of three chapbooks, What We DoGinsberg Is Dead; and The Slaughter of the Sacred Cow, he also edited three poetry anthologies, Dancing On WaterCommon Roots, Common Ground as well as Rubber Side Down, the biker poet anthology. His first book of poems, Saudades was released earlier this spring.

His energy in supporting the poetry community he loved brought him admiration. He curated the Poets Corner in Hyannis at the Prodigal Son and then at the Black Spot for 12 years, before moving it to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod for the past 5 years,  until November, 2013, when he was too ill to continue. He was a supporter of Mass Poetry. Joe earned an MFA from New England College.  He also hosted an interview show on WOMR, Provincetown, and wrote a column, “The Meter Man,” for the Barnstable Patriot. He was a friend of Mass Poetry.

For a sense of the vigor of the man, read Martin Espada’s poetic tribute. The Cape community is planning a memorial service, but the date hasn’t been established.
Thanks to Alice Kociemba for her help with this story.





  1. I am so very sad that our Joe has died, as we all are. I knew it would be soon, but the shock is a stab in the heart. Joe mentored me when I first came to the Poetry Corner at the Cultural Center; I knew when I met him that he was special Martin Espada’s poem is so powerful and sad.

    joan gray


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