Archives for category: Charles Bukowski


Thank you to everyone who entered our raffles for Bukowski-related artwork, posters, and books to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Buk’s passing. We congratulate our winners: Harry Calhoun, Jocelyne Desforges, Denise Enck, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Catfish McDaris, Karen Massey, John McHugh, Andrew Spencer, and A.D. Winans.

IMAGE: Blue pyrex bowl filled with names of raffle entrants resting on brown cardboard package with image of Bukowski drawn by Bradley Wind, inscribed with Bukowski’s poem “The Laughing Heart.”

ImageTo commemorate the 20th anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s passing, we have raffled off a copy of the author’s 1978 novel Women, along with a lucky 7 of diamonds Pabst beer cap found outside Buk’s favorite liquor store — the Pink Elephant at Western and Franklin in Los Angeles. 

Congratulations to our winner:

Harry Calhoun (Raleigh, North Carolina)

NOTE: Harry Calhoun is a poet and author who contributed his writing to the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology. Learn more about Harry and his recent poetry chapbooks at

BACK STORY: I found the lucky Buk beer cap on Saturday, July 13, 2013, when I hopped onboard the Esotouric bus tour entitled, Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles.” The story of this fun and informative tour appears in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s passing, we have raffled off two copies of the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology, a 272-page collection of poetry and prose about Charles Bukowski as well as portraits of the author by over 75 writers and artists around the world. 

Congratulations to our winners:

Karen Massey (Ontario, Canada)

Andrew Spencer (New South Wales, Australia)

Cover Art: Mark Erickson and Katy Zartl (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Contributing Editors: Jocelyne Desforges, S.A. Griffin, Suzanne Lummis, David Roskos, Joan Jobe Smith, Eddie Woods

Contributors (in alphabetical order): Christopher R. Adams / Sheril Antonio / RD Armstrong / The Art Warriors (Antonio Gamboa) / David Barker / William Barker / Black Sifichi / Harry Calhoun / David Stephen Calonne / Jared A. Carnie / Neeli Cherkovski/ Kim Cooper / Abel Debritto / Henry Denander / Jocelyne Desforges / Rene Diedrich / John Dorsey / Mark Erickson / Dan Fante / Paul Fericano / Karen Finley / Jack Foley / FrancEyE / Ed Galing / Joan Gannij / Anggo Genorga / Marjorie Gilbert / Jeffrey Graessley / S.A. Griffin / win harms / Donna Hilbert / Rodger Jacobs / Linda King / Harvey Kubernik/ Dana Laina / Lautir (Fabrizio Cassetta) / Suzuki Limbu / Michael Limnios / Gerald Locklin / Suzanne Lummis / Marvin Malone / Adrian Manning / Dean Marais / Germa Marquez / Catfish McDaris / Ann Menebroker / Heather Minette / Austin Mitchell / Richard Modiano / Jon Monday / Jeff Morgan / Paul Nebenzahl / Gerald Nicosia / Michael O’Brien / bart plantenga / David S. Pointer / Alvaro Pozo / D.A. Pratt / Wendy Rainey / Steve Richmond / David Roskos / Russ Runfola / Richard Schave / Raymond King Shurtz / Joan Jobe Smith / Ben Talbot / Mark Terrill / dirk velvet / Melanie Villines / Fred Voss / Scott Wannberg / Vanessa Wilken / A.D. Winans / Bradley Wind / Erik Woltersdorf / Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood / Tim Youd / Katy Zartl

The collection includes poetry, essays, memoirs, short stories, vignettes, book excerpts, biographies, fantasies, satires, parodies, interviews, quips, and quotes about Charles Bukowski — as well as iconic photographs plus drawings and paintings of the man of many talents (poet, novelist, short story writer, artist) and names (Hank, Buk, Bukowski, Chinaski).

The Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology is available at Amazon.comwhere it is currently selling for $13.50.


To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s passing, we have raffled off two copies of  CHARLES BUKOWSKI Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me) by Bukowski friend and confidante Joan Jobe Smith.

Congratulations to our winners:

Jocelyne Desforges (Quebec, Canada)

John McHugh (Kingston, Pennsylvania)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan Jobe Smith, founding editor of Pearl and Bukowski Review, worked for seven years as a go-go dancer before receiving her BA from CSULB and MFA from University of California, Irvine. A Pushcart Honoree, her award-winning work has appeared internationally in more than five hundred publications, including Outlaw Bible, Ambit, Beat Scene, Wormwood Review, and Nerve Cowboy—and she has published twenty collections, including Jehovah Jukebox (Event Horizon Press, US) and The Pow Wow Cafe (The Poetry Business, UK), a finalist for the UK 1999 Forward Prize. In July 2012, with her husband, poet Fred Voss, she did her sixth reading tour of England (debuting at the 1991 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival), featured at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival in Hull. In November 2012, Silver Birch Press published her literary profile entitled Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me). Find out more at

ABOUT THE BOOK: In her memoir, awarding-winning author Joan Jobe Smith — a Pushcart Honoree — shares up-close, personal recollections of her mentor and friend, Charles Bukowski. The book also features remembrances and comments from women in Bukowski’s life — including Frances Dean Smith (francEyE), Ann Menebroker, Linda King, and Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood – in interviews conducted by Joan Jobe Smith and poet/author Fred Voss. This years-in-the-making volume also includes poetry, essays, and other writings by Smith and Voss.

The poems of Joan Jobe Smith have the reality of force properly put down on paper…a game girl…she cuts herself loose into the stratosphere….” 


CHARLES BUKOWSKI Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me) is available at


To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s passing, we have raffled off a limited-edition commemorative poster by Joan Gannij – donated by the photographer.

Congratulations to our winner:

Denise Enck (Bellingham, Washington)

NOTE: To purchase a signed copy of the limited-edition poster for just $20 (plus shipping and handling), send an email to Joan Gannij  —

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Born in New York City, raised in L.A., and based in Amsterdam since 1987, Joan Gannij started her career as a photojournalist, freelancing for the LA TimesLos Angeles magazine, and many other publications. Her pictorial interviews with Henry Miller and Mohammad Ali, along with a syndicated radio program “Off the Record” (interviewing guests like Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, and John Lennon) gave her a reputation as a pop culture provocateuse.  It was ”by accident” that she crossed paths with Charles Bukowski, when asked by a friend to shoot photos to accompany his Rolling Stone interview. One photographic encounter led to another, and then a few more. Bukowski was touched when she gifted him with a box of photographs and appointed her his ”official book jacket photographer.” Her candid portraits Bukowski have appeared on his book translations around the world: from Israel and Iran to Finland and Japan. Visit her at


In honor of the 20th anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s passing, we have raffled off this original 18×18″ watercolor portrait of Bukowski by Bradley Wind. This artwork is from our personal collection, acquired after the portrait appeared in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology.

Congratulations to our winner:

A.D. Winans (San Francisco, California)

NOTE: I asked Buk to guide my hand when I picked the name — and the winner turned out to be Buk’s old pal and good friend, author A.D. Winans. A renowned poet, Winans is the author of a Bukowski memoir and many other books, including a recent short story collection, poetry collection, book of essays,

ABOUT THE WINNER: A. D. Winans, an award-winning native San Francisco poet and writer, edited and published the acclaimed Second Coming Press for seventeen years. He worked for the San Francisco Art Commission from 1975-80, and during that time produced the 1980 Poets and Music Festival honoring the poet Josephine Miles and blues legend John Lee Hooker. His work has been published in over fifteen hundred poetry magazines and anthologies, including the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He is the author of over fifty books of poetry and prose, including North Beach Poems and Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine: Selected Poems 1970-2010. 
 In 2002, a song poem of his was set to music and performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2006, he won a PEN Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature, and in 2009 PEN Oakland awarded him a lifetime achievement award. 
Visit him at

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bradley Wind is an artist and author. He spent a good deal of his twenties reading Bukowski’s work. He owes Charles Bukowski a debt that can never be repaid so he drew a picture in his honor. Find him at


In honor of the 20th anniversary of Charles Bukowski’s passing — the author left this world 20 years ago today — we have raffled off two SIGNED copies this 11×17 Bukowski poster by Mark Erickson and Katy Zartl. (The posters were donated by the artists. Thank you Mark and Katy!)

Congratulations to our winners:

Catfish McDaris (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Alexis Rhone Fancher (Los Angeles, California)

NOTE: This portrait of Buk appeared on the cover of the Bukowski Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2013).

MORE INFO: To purchase a copy of this limited-edition poster — signed by Mark Erickson and Katy Zartl (price: $100, includes U.S. shipping and handling) — contact


Mark Erickson was born in Hollywood, California, and lives along the West Coast of United States, near the surf breaks and the sand dunes. After growing up in Hollywood, his family moved to Germany and Italy. He later settled in the Bay Area to study painting and art history at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Art Academy. Mark paints in his studio in California and exhibits in galleries around the United States. He continues writing poetry and short stories that often are inspiration for his paintings. He has self-published numerous books on painting, photography, and poetry in collaboration with Katy Zartl of Katworks Graphics in Vienna, Austria. He is presently working on a photo book, The Man From Painted Woods, of his father’s exploits in World War II. You can view Mark’s work at

Birgit (Katy) Zartl: Born in Vienna, Austria, Katy Zartl studied psychology at the University of Vienna and worked in the Neurological Department of the Hospital Lainz (Vienna). She received additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and art therapy, which included courses in painting/drawing techniques as well as in the study of chromatics. Since 2000, she has worked as a self-employed psychotherapist, photographer, and painter. Visit her at



small conversation in the afternoon with John Fante
by Charles Bukowski

he said, “I was working in Hollywood when Faulkner was
working in Hollywood and he was
the worst: he was too drunk to stand up at the
end of the afternoon and so I had to help him
into a taxi
 day after
day after day.

“but when he left Hollywood, I stayed on, and while I
didn’t drink like that maybe I should have, I might have
had the guts then to follow him and get the hell out of

I told him, “you write as well as

“you mean that?” he asked from the hospital
bed, smiling.

NOTE: John Fante (1909-1983), author of the classic L.A. novel Ask the Dust, was Buk’s writing idol.

by Charles Bukowski

my father always said, “early to bed and
early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy
and wise.”

it was lights out at 8 p.m. in our house
and we were up at dawn to the smell of
coffee, frying bacon and scrambled

my father followed this general routine
for a lifetime and died young, broke,
and, I think, not too

taking note, I rejected his advice and it
became, for me, late to bed and late
to rise.

now, I’m not saying that I’ve conquered
the world but I’ve avoided
numberless early traffic jams, bypassed some
common pitfalls
and have met some strange, wonderful

one of whom
myself—someone my father

SOURCE: “Throwing Away the Alarm Clock” appears in Charles Bukowski’s collection The Flash of Lighting Behind the Mountain (Ecco, 2005), available at

ILLUSTRATION:  “Bukowski” by ramosecco. Prints available at


On Sunday, March 9, 2014, join with friends, fans, and followers of Charles Bukowski on the 20th anniversary of his death for an evening of poems, toasts, and memories.

The evening is hosted by Richard Schave (Esotouric’s Haunts of a Dirty Old Man bus tour & the De Longpre bungalow preservation campaign) and will include readings from notable Los Angeles poets and friends of the late writer: Dan FanteS.A. GriffinSuzanne LummisJoan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss.

DATE: Sunday, March 9, 2014

PLACE: King Eddy Saloon, a location in downtown Los Angeles celebrated in the fiction of Bukowski’s idol, John Fante.

LOCATION: 131 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

TIME: The formal program is scheduled to run from 6:00 – 7:30pm, but you are encouraged to talk Bukowski into the night.

PRICE: Free!

For more information, visit or sign up on Facebook.