Neeli Cherkovski is a poet, as well as an editor, memoirist, and biographer. In his early 20s, he and Charles Bukowski launched a short-lived mimeographed literary magazine, Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. Mr. Cherkovski is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Elegy For My Beat Generation, and Ferlinghetti: A Biography–the first published biography of the internationally revered poet and founder of City Lights Books. In 2019, Mr. Cherkovski co-edited Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman and he is currently the subject of a forthcoming independent documentary feature It’s Nice To Be With You Always. Mr. Cherkovski lives in San Francisco.