The Nevada County Poetry Series will present “Bukowski the Legacy — an intimate insight by Neeli Cherkovski” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Cherkovski will talk about the joys, challenges, intimacies and frenzy of being a longtime friend, associate and biographer of Charles Bukowski.
“If you want to get beyond the myth, legend, exaggerations and scandals of Charles Bukowski, Neeli Cherkovski’s ‘Bukowski: A Life’ is the place to start,” said Bill Gainer of the Nevada County Poetry Series. “This is the first, the original Bukowski biography, the seed from which all others blossom. Cherkovski, a friend, champion and at times co-conspirator is the only Bukowski biographer to cut through the illusions and deceptions of a public image and show Bukowski raw and human. If the book at times reads like a memoir, well it should. It is worth noting that Neeli Cherkovski was the only Bukowski biographer invited by Bukowski’s widow, Linda, to attend and speak at the dedication of the Bukowski Archives at the Huntington Library, 2006.”
Neeli Cherkovski is a longtime contributor to the West Coast literary scene. Emerging from the Los Angeles underground of the ’60s, Cherkovski is an applauded poet, critic and literary biographer. He has written 10 books of poetry, including the award-winning “Leaning Against Time,” “Elegy for Bob Kaufman,” “Animal and From the Canyon Outward”; 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, Cherkovski has lived and worked in San Francisco. For 10 years he was writer-in-residence at New College of California, where he taught literature and philosophy.
There will be a question-and-answer period and reading of Bukowski’s poetry by several local celebrities. Audience guests are welcome to join in.
The show and open-mic will be recorded for presentation on NCTV, channel 11.
Tickets are available at the door for $5 general, seniors and students and $1 for those under 18. Refreshments and open-mic included. The show will be in the Granucci Room (use the main entrance) at the Center for the Arts. For information call (530) 432-8196 or (530) 274-8384.