Bukowski, A Life:

The Centennial Edition

The life of Charles Bukowski, laureate of lowlife Los Angeles, written by close friend and collaborator, Neeli Cherkovski.

This year marks Charles Bukowski’s centennial year and this one-of-a-kind biography is the closest readers will come to meeting the man himself—an unforgettable encounter no one should miss. Cherkovski shares intimate stories from his decades of personal experiences with Bukowski and brings the life—and complexities—of a great American writer into focus. As an additional feature, Cherkovski has written a new preface, “This Thing Upon Me Is Not Death: Reflections on the Centennial of Charles Bukowski”.

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Neeli Cherkovski is a poet, as well as an occasional biographer, memoirist, and editor. 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.