NEELI CHERKOVSKI'S poetry books include FROM THE MIDDLE WOODS, FROM THE CANYON OUTWARD, the award-winning LEANING AGAINST TIME, ELEGY FOR BOB KAUFMAN, and ANIMAL; two acclaimed biographies, Bukowski: A Life and Ferlinghetti: A Biography; and Whitman's Wild Children (a collection of critical memoirs). In the late 1960s Cherkovski co-edited the poetry anthology Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns with Charles Bukowski. Since 1975, Neeli has lived and worked in San Francisco. For ten years he was Writer-in-Residence at New College of California, where he taught literature and philosophy. His papers are at The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.