Conversation with Tyler Cowdry: The Good Fight Part 1
Cover photo from Tyler Cowdry collection
Last summer, my friend, Tyler Cowdry, sat down for a conversation with me in his backyard in Portland, Oregon. Tyler works at Good Samitan hospital as an ER nurse. I find Tyler to be one of those really interesting human beings because he is completely doing the work that he is called to do whenever it calls him to do it. He is a dj, an entrepreneur who runs his own businesses, two restaurants in Portland, Swift, and Black Bird Pizza, he is on the board of directors for The Miller Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to individuals experiencing houselessness, he’s a climber, snowboarder, father of two goats, one dog, one bunny.
The main reason I brought Tyler on is because he is a poet. And I think poet’s should talk about their process of living more because they have such a unique way of looking at the world and it doesn’t get shared often enough. He talks about how memories blur, and how writing can help you reflect, how poetry allows us to look into the past, and with one small detail we can zoom in and then look out at the rest of the world.
Ultimately Tyler is working on the loss of a loved one, Lauren who died in a car accident this time last year. I think it’s fitting that this conversation is published now in her honor.
You can follow Tyler on his lovely, goat-y, grungy, yet elegant instagram: @boomer_dynamite