Jeremy Cowan

Jeremy Cowan is a podiatric physician living and practicing in Chicago, IL, USA.


His wife is an elementary school teacher and his son studied Engineering at university. Jeremy is mostly Scottish in ancestry and his wife is of Spanish descent (Gallego). They are both fluent in Spanish. Jeremy has also studied a number of other languages to differing levels of competence, but English and Spanish are the only ones he currently counts as fluent.

Mostly, when Jeremy studies Klingon, he likes to pretend that he is a human studying an alien language and culture. But occasionally he begins to fall under the delusion that he is Klingon, which is generally when he uses the name janSIy. He has occasionally also been called by the nick name qamQel.

Jeremy joined the KLI in 1992. Perhaps his earliest major contribution to the Klingon speaking community has been his letter that appeared in TV Guide in January 1993. From that mention, a media frenzy was sparked and the KLI and the Klingon language got their first moments in the spotlight.

Jeremy was also one of the teachers at the Klingon Language Camp in Red Lake Falls, MN, in August of 1993. It was at this camp that he discovered the talent of reading pIqaD in mirror image.

Since then he has continued to be involved in the KLI and the Klingon language community off and on. He attended the 3rd, 4th, 8th, 11th, and 19th through 27th qep'a'mey. In 2013 and 2015 Jeremy helped to organize the qep'a' in Philadelphia and in 2015-2017 Jeremy organized and coordinated the qep'a' in Chicago. He has continued to be involved in coordinating the qep'a'mey held in Indianapolis, IN in 2018 and 2019 and the online virtual qep'a' in 2020.

Jeremy has served as the language coach for the Chicago productions of A Klingon Christmas Carol in 2012-2014 and 2016-2018 (the play was not put on in Chicago in 2015, 2019, and 2020).

At qep'a' 23 in 2016, Jeremy was awarded the Friend of Maltz certificate for his efforts for the KLI.

Jeremy is a part of the team that created and continues to administrate the Duolingo Klingon course. At qep'a' 25 in 2018, Jeremy was inducted into the Order of the Owl in recognition of his work on the Duolingo course.

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