For immediate release

March 3, 2014

Twenty years after his death, L.A. poets celebrate Charles Bukowski

WHAT: “20 Years After: Charles Bukowski Memorial Gathering,” a celebration of the Los Angeles writer on the 20th anniversary of his death
WHERE: The King Eddy Saloon, 131 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90013
WHEN: Sunday, March 9, formal program 6:00-7:30pm, informal gathering continues into the evening
WHO: Host Richard Schave (Esotouric’s Bukowski bus tour creator) and poets Dan Fante, S.A. Griffin, Suzanne Lummis, Joan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss.
COST: Free, no host bar
RELATED EVENT: Esotouric’s “Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles” bus tour rolls on Saturday, March 29. Info
CONTACT: Kim, amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947

LOS ANGELES- LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association invites lovers of Los Angeles literature to join with friends, fans and followers of Charles Bukowski on the 20th anniversary of his death for an evening of Bukowski poetry, toasts and memories: “20 Years After: Charles Bukowski Memorial Gathering.”

The evening is organized by Richard Schave (who hosts Esotouric’s “Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles” bus tour and was one of the people instrumental in the successful campaign to have Bukowski’s endangered East Hollywood bungalow preserved and named a Cultural Historic Landmark) and will include readings from five notable Los Angeles poets and friends of the late writer: Dan Fante, S.A. Griffin, Suzanne Lummis, Joan Jobe Smith and Fred Voss. Books will be available for purchase.

The location for this free event is the King Eddy Saloon, a location celebrated in the fiction of Bukowski’s idol, John Fante, and located smack on The Nickel, where the young Bukowski came to learn about the world of men. The formal program is scheduled to run from 6:00 – 7:30pm, after which guests are encouraged to remain and talk Bukowski into the night.

Esotouric’s Richard Schave, who is hosting the event, says, “On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death, we are honored to give Bukowski’s readers the opportunity to come together on East 5th Street, a place the loomed so large in the writer’s mind, and listen to several of his friends and peers read from his work, and speak from their hearts on his legacy in Los Angeles and beyond. From the SROs of old Bunker Hill and Skid Row to the sex shops and bars at Hollywood and Western, Bukowski’s writing is a meditation on the beauty that dwells within evil and depravity. The power and the innovation of his distinctive voice still speaks loudly, and leaves us Angelenos to look around at our city twenty years after his death and ask ‘What would Charles Bukowski think?’”

When asked for a quote for this press release, Joan Jobe Smith, a longtime friend and colleague of Bukowski who will read at the event, provided a poem:

“What one single meditation-thought to have on Bukowski’s
Memorial Death Day?

How much Charles Bukowski loved us, his readers
and felt us, needed us. We, his Readers, were his world,
while, all alone, he pounded that typer so’s to put
out those volumes of words and place them perfectly properly upon
the page, keeping beat to the grinding of his guts and the pounding
of his heart, up till just days before he died. Because he wanted to tell us
how it is, truth as he knew it, and he knew so much. Because he’d lived it.”

Dan Fante –
S.A. Griffin –
Suzanne Lummis –
Joan Jobe Smith (interview) –
Fred Voss (interview) –

ABOUT LAVA: Through participation in LAVA, a select group of creative professionals come together to promote cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience while promoting positive public space. LAVA’s creative partners share a love for L.A. and unique ideas for exploring it in their work. Formed by social historians RICHARD SCHAVE and KIM COOPER—proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project time travel blog series (including On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land)—LAVA brings together L.A.‘s most visionary promoters, artists, writers and thinkers. The first crop of Visionaries in the growing curated community includes cultural chronicler ADRIENNE CREW, artist and Eastside historian AL GUERRERO, Cacophony Society co-founder AL RIDENOUR, avant garde fashion maven A. LAURA BRODY, poet/publisher ALEIDA RODRIGUEZ, back-to-nature pioneer ALICIA BAY LAUREL, filmmaker ALLISON ANDERS, writer/curator ALLON SCHOENER, designer/mom of Chicken Boy AMY INOUYE, actor/musician ANDY BEN, custom tours maven ANNE BLOCK, documentarian/radio producer ANTHEA RAYMOND, author/gallerist APRIL DAMMANN, memoirist BARBARA KRAFT, pop culture historian BECKY EBENKAMP, ethnomusicologist BETO GONZALEZ, puppeteer BOB BAKER, tile historian BRIAN KAISER, producer/promoter CHRISTIAN VOLTAIRE MEOLI, cultural events programmer CHRISTINA GALANTE, musician COUNT SMOKULA, performance artist CRIMEBO THE CLOWN, writer/Libros Schmibros proprietor DAVID KIPEN, Novelist DAVID ROCKLIN, forensic educator DEREK PACIFICO, literary curator D.M. COLLINS, sculptor DONALD GIALANELLA, forensic scientist/educator DONALD JOHNSON, author/educator DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY, educator and historic cemetery board member DWAIN CARLO CRUM, artist ELENA MARY SIFF, documentarian ELIJAH DRENNER, conversation curator ERIC VOLLMER, social connector EVONNE HEYNING, musician/performance artist FEATHERBEARD, photographer GARY LEONARD, pop critic/outsider artist GENE SCULATTI, musician/artist GEORGE EARTH, songsmith HARVEY SID FISHER, theater director HOLLY WITHAM, musician/writer IAN WHITCOMB, artist JASON HADLEY, food blogger JAVIER CABRAL, musician JEFF BOYNTON, filmmaker JEREMY KASTEN, musician JIMI CABEZA DE VACA, social historian JOAN RENNER, writer/artist JOE OESTERLE, writer JOHN BUNTIN, filmmaker JON ALLOWAY, documentarian JOHN DULLAGHAN, Musso & Frank co-owner JORDAN JONES, performance artist JULES ROCHIELLE, cemetery historian KARIE BIBLE. curator JULIE RICO, cultural curator and writer KIM OHANNESON, “Kristin’s List” cultural chronicler KRISTIN BEDFORD, songstress/prognosticator MADAME PAMITA, esoteric scholar MAJA D’AOUST, author/broadcaster MANNY PACHECO, writer MARGUERITE DARLINGTON, performer McCRISTOL HARRIS, visual artist MELVIN HALE, journalist MICHAEL LINDER, photographic archivist MICHAEL RISNER, poet/dancer MONA JEAN CEDAR, architectural historian NATHAN MARSAK, writer NEAL POLLOCK, theater director NICHOLAS HOSKING, L.A. Historic Theater Foundation rep NICK MATONAK, music producer NO’A WINTER LAZERUS, musician OCTAVIUS, writer /photographer /musician PAUL KOUDOUNARIS, peace activist PAUL NUGENT of the Aetherius Society, 3-D photography expert RAY 3D ZONE, activist and performer RD PLASSCHAERT, historic ghost seeker RICHARD CARRADINE, artist/musician RICH POLYSORBATE 60, filmmaker/preservationist ROSS LIPMAN, singer-songwriter RUTHANN FRIEDMAN, poet S.A. GRIFFIN, ghost hunter SARAH TROOP, social networking mistress SHAWNA DAWSON, painter/gallerist SUSAN DOBAY, artist/writer/activist SUSANNA DAKIN, Warhol star and writer TERE TEREBA, sculptor TOM WALKER, musical entertainer THE UKULADY, and hat designer YASMIN DIXON.

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Event host Richard Schave and the presenting poets are available for interviews, and journalists on assignment can usually be accommodated on the tour bus. Contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947.