How Kenneth Koch Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

Kenneth Koch reached the respectable age of 77 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous Poet.

Biography - A Short Wiki

New York School poet and playwright remembered for such works as The Art of Love, Sleeping with Women, and Permanently. His later works include Seasons on Earth, One Train, and Straits.

He attended Harvard University and Columbia University.

He was a popular poetry professor at Columbia University for more than forty years.

He married Janice Elwood, with whom he had a daughter, Katherine. Following Elwood’s death, he married Karen Culler.

He and Frank O’Hara were both members of the New York School, a cosmopolitan, exuberant literary movement that broke with the introspective poetic mold of the time. 

How did Kenneth Koch die?

Information about the death of Kenneth Koch
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death77 years
Death dateJuly 6, 2002
Place of deathManhattan, New York, United States
Place of burialN/A


I got married, other people went off. We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years, and we were very excited by each other.

Kenneth Koch

I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.

Kenneth Koch

I love painting and music, of course. I don’t know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I’ve certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn’t read it until I was in my late 20s.

Kenneth Koch

Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine. It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.

Kenneth Koch

As for political poetry, as it’s usually defined, it seems there’s very little good political poetry.

Kenneth Koch