And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom. Anais Nin




Neeli Cherkovski will be reading at Cover to Cover Books and giving a talk on Charles Bukowski the following day.

7:00pm Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cover to Cover Books
1817 Main Street, Vancouver
McLoughlin Blvd. & Main Street

The following afternoon, Friday, October 30, at 2:00pm, he will deliver a free talk (donations welcome) entitled: "BUKOWSKI, THE BEATS, AND OTHER REBELLIONS.”

Neeli Cherkovski is a longtime contributor to the West Coast literary scene. Emerging from the LA underground of the Sixties, Cherkovski, is an applauded poet, critic and literary biographer. He has written ten books of poetry, including the award winning Leaning Against Time, Elegy for Bob Kaufman and Animal; he is
also the author of two acclaimed biographies, Bukowski: A Life and Ferlinghetti: A Biography; his book, Whitman’s Wild Children (a collection of critical memoirs), has become an underground classic.

In the late 1960s Cherkovski co-edited the poetry anthology Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns with Charles Bukowski. Since 1975, Neeli has lived and worked in San Francisco. For ten years he was writer-in-residence at New College of California, where he taught literature and philosophy.

Neeli will read from Whitman’s Wild Children and his memoir in progress. He will also have two works available for sale: From the Canyon Outward ($12.95) and a limited edition, lettered A to Z, with tipped-in original acrylic drawing, ($35.00, not available from publisher).


Here's What's Going On


VoiceCatcher4 is out - just released and about to be distributed to local bookstores in the greater Portland/Vancouver area. This book is packed with exceptional writing (short prose and poetry) that will grab your attention. For several writers, this is their first publication and they deserve notice. I'm proud to be affiliated with the Editorial Collective and this year's book.

Four of my poems can be found online at - a new literary site for poetry and creative writing.

I'm just about to run a second printing of my chapbook - Jesus Is A Gas, available for $5.