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Cherkovski, Neeli

Interviewee: Neely Cherkovski
Interviewer: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: April 2009
Extent: 39 minutes, 40 seconds

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Neeli Cherkovski is a San Francisco-based poet, author and organizer of poetry events. He wrote Whitman’s Wild Children, about poets influenced by Walt Whitman, including James Broughton. A Southern California-born friend, colleague and biographer of Charles Bukowski, he moved to San Francisco in 1974 to work on the staff of then State Senator George Moscone. In addition to many books of poetry, he also wrote a biography of Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


Interviewee: Jim Cory
Interviewer: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: 2010
Extent: 1 hour, 19 minutes, 21 seconds

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Poet and editor Jim Cory has edited anthologies by contemporary American poets including James Broughton (Packing Up for Paradise, Black Sparrow Press) and Jonathan Williams (Jubilant Thicket, Copper Canyon Press). His poems have appeared recently in Apiary, unarmed journal, Bedfellows, Cape Cod Poetry Journal, Capsule, Fell Swoop, Painted Bride Quarterly, Skidrow Penthouse, Trinity Review and Whirlwind. Recent essays include “What makes a queen a queen?” in the Gay & Lesbian Review, “Fascinating Asshole (or) How I Came To Love Frank Sinatra” in New Haven Review, and “Where’s the hotboy going tonight?” in Chelsea Station. He received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. His most recent publications are Wipers Float In The Neck Of The Reservoir (2018, The Moron Channel, New Orleans) and 25 Short Poems (2016, Moonstone Press, Philadelphia).

Craft, Stavo Mustang

Interviewee: Stavo Mustang Craft
Interviewer: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: June 2010
Extent: 27 minutes, 52 seconds

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Stavo Craft is a multidisciplinary artist combining songwriting, short stories, illustration, new-sound sonics, and interpolation videomaking, as foundational elements in the creation of a one-man band art project called Galactic Witchcraft, exploring themes of self-invention, iconoclastic bohemianism, and the peculiar goings-ons of inner and outer space.


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