Charles Bukowski will turn 100 this year (2020) – at least, what would have been his 100th birthday. We have gathered writers, scholars and graphic artists / photographers from all around the globe in order to celebrate the man Bukowski on the very occasion in August. Simultaneously the German Charles Bukowski Society (we are loosely associated with) will perform a symposion and festival in Bavaria in June 2020 (yet it appears, that this project had already to be postponed twice). So (as a small replacement) we have prepared an anthology / chapbook to mark this anniversary. Our contributors range from contemporary witnesses / friends of Bukowski – still alive, to emulating artists working in his tradition, scholars – who work for, or gaining degrees / doctorates on Bukowski – to congenial artists esp. in the performing arts who are occopied with the phenomenon of the «poet laureate of skid row» for years. Everybody was free to greet Charles Bukowski in his or her specific way, style and individuality, be it an essay – a photograph or poetry. We would warmly welcome you to take part in our little endeavour, which explicitely aims to blow borders of nations and thus assembles contributions from artists from all continents.
Edit (2022): In the meantime the Chapbook is in its third generation. The third volume (release scheduled for May 2022) will be the last to see the light of the day. Fired by our success, we decided to expand the range of publications to include monographs by living poets.
Matthias Krüger – publishing editor, Germany
Rebecca McLeish – UK consultant