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Neeli Cherkovski's Biography

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unmarried, live with partner Jesse Cabrera
Dec 2007

Neeli Cherkovski was born in Santa Monica,CA. in 1945. He spent his earliest years in Los Angeles and then his family moved sixty miles east to San Bernardino where his father would eventually open a booktore and art gallery. While in high school Neeli edited THE BLACK CAT REVIEW, a poetry journal and began to publish in small literay magazines around the country. He attended California State University at Los Angeles and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He then traveled exensively in Europe and Israel. In the early 70s he co-edited LAUGH LITERARY AND MAN THE HUMPING GUNS with Charles Bukowksi and, with Bukowksi and Paul Vangelisti,THE ANTHOLOGY OF L.A. POETS. In 1974 Neeli moved to San Francisco and beecame invovled in the North Beach literary commuunity. He published many boosk of poetry, PUBLIC NOTICE, THE WATERS REBORN, THE JUGGLER WITHIN, LOVE PROOF, and later, ANIMAL, ELEGY FOR BOB KAUFMAN, and LEANING AGAINST TIME. IN 1979 he published FERLINGHETTI: A LIFE. He also wsrote WHITMAN'S WILD CHILDREN, a critical memoir, a biography of Bukowskli, and collaborated with photographer Ira Nowinski on CAFE SOCIETY: POEMS AND DRAWINGS FROM SAN FRANCISCO'S NORTH BEACH. He worked closely with photographers Sally Lrsen and Chris Felvfer as well. Cherkovski served as writer in residence at New Colllege of California from 2002 through 2007, and also taught literature and philosophy. In 2003 and 2004 he led students to Greece for a course called "In searc of Socrates." Cherkvoski is working (2007-08) on a new book of poems, THE BIXBY CANYON MEDITATIONS and a memoir of his life in poetry, AMONG OTHERS. He lives in San Francsoco with his partner Jesse Cabrera, a pscyhiatrist and artisst.


Federico Garcia Lorca, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Rainer Maria Rilke

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