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Within the next few weeks, Silver Birch Press will release Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me), a memoir by Joan Jobe Smith. Joan’s legions of fans have been asking her to write this book for many years — and it soon will be available around the world!

The book features scores of rare photos and illustrations of Charles Bukowski and the women he loved, as well as interviews with Bukowski insiders, Joan Jobe Smith’s reportage of Bukowski readings, along with her artwork and poetry — and much more.

Here’s a sampling from the memoir…


Poem by Joan Jobe Smith

Bukowski told me the reason he chose

Charles for his writer name instead of

Henry his real first name was because

He didn’t think Henry a very writerly

name and I, a full-of-myself undergrad

said, But what about Henry James, Henry

Miller, Henrik Ibsen, O. Henry? And Charles

Bukowski laughed, letting me know he was

glad I wasn’t the bimbo he thought I was, and

I laughed, glad he didn’t think me a bimbo

and he laughed some more, harder, his eyes

twinkling, his teeth big and white as he let me

know it wasn’t so much knowledge he had

but psychic insight and that he could see right

through me and I stopped laughing because it

was scarier than hell to be known so well.



Available in early November 2012 — Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis by Joan Jobe Smith. 

In her respectful, affectionate literary profile, Joan Jobe Smith shares up-close, personal recollections of her extraordinary mentor, fellow writer, and friend Charles Bukowski, along with the remembrances and comments of the fabulous women he loved — Frances Dean Smith (francEyE), Anne Menebroker, Linda King, and Pamela Miller Wood. Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis is a no-holds-barred celebration of this incomparable bard of the racetracks and bars and hard streets of Los Angeles.” FRED VOSS, award-winning poet and author of Hammers and Hearts of the Gods

“Charles Bukowski emphasized the importance of style and grace in everything and, as her mentor, the old man would not be disappointed. Like a sparkling bijou, Joan Jobe Smith is a gift to the world of art and humanity.” PAMELA MILLER WOOD, author of Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet

“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…a strange woman, a strange, good, basic woman.” CHARLES BUKOWSKI 


Congratulations to Joan Jobe Smith — author of the upcoming Silver Birch Press release Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art, His Women (&me) — for her poem (“Beercan in the Garden”) that’s featured in the current issue of the San Diego Reader. Read the poem — about Jobe Smith driving Charles Bukowski to various locations — at the San Diego Reader website.



Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis:

His Art & His Women (& me)  by Joan Jobe Smith

Joan Jobe Smith was born in Paris, Texas, then moved to San Francisco and eventually to Southern California. A go-go girl for seven years, she boogaloo’d live with Jim Morrison, the Ike and Tina Turner Review, and Dick Dale. Founding editor of Pearl and Bukowski Review, she received a BA from California State University Long Beach and attended one year of law school before receiving an MFA in writing from University of California Irvine. In 1974, she founded Pearl Magazine.

Since 1973, her poetry, stories, reviews, essays, and memoirs have appeared internationally in more than 500 publications as well as 21 published books of poetry, notably Jehovah Jukebox (Event Horizon, 1993, USA) and Pow Wow Café (Poetry Business, UK, 1998) and anthologies The Outlaw Bible, Literature and Its Writers, New Geography of Poets, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and The Best of California Women Poets.

Her many honorariums include US and UK arts council grants and a finalist post for the 1999 UK Forward Prize. With her husband, poet Fred Voss, she did five-whistle-stop poetry reading tours (1991-2001) around the UK — debuting at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and ending at the Hull Literature Festival. In 2011, Fred Voss and she headlined the Pittsburgh University Writers Festival and performed at the Long Beach Poetry Festival.


June 30, 2012: Joan will read at the Grand Perfomance Tongue & Groove Tribute to Charles Bukowski in Los Angeles with actors Rebecca DeMornay and Harry Dean Stanton and poet/writers Dan Fante, Gerald Locklin, Jack Grapes and more. For more information, visit:

July 5, 2012: Joan will appear with Fred Voss at the 2012 Humber Mouth Literature/Arts Festival in Hull, England, at the Hull Truck Theatre. Info available at:

July 13: Joan and Fred will read in London at the Betsey Trotwood. Get additional info here:

Photo: Courtesy of Joan Jobe Smith


We are pleased to announce that Silver Birch Press will soon publish a book by renowned poet and famed interviewer Joan Jobe Smith (pictured above right; also pictured are Charles Bukowski muse Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood and poet Fred Voss).

Entitled Charles Bukowski Epic GLOTTIS: His Work & His Women (& me)the book includes rare interviews with many of the women in Bukowski’s life (Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood, Linda King, Frances Dean Smith, and Ann Menebroker), poetry, essays about Bukowski’s public readings, and more. The book  is a must-read for avid followers of the Bukowski canon and a fun introduction to the great writer for people just learning about the poet of Los Angeles. Stay tuned.

Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood (at left in above photo) is the author of a fun, fascinating memoir about her relationship with Bukowski. The book, entitled Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet, is available at Amazon.