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Pulp Party: Bukowski's Birthday Bash

The International House will be hosting a birthday tribute for Charles Bukowski tonight, from 8p.m. to 11p.m. (Bukowski’s actual birthday was August 16th, 1920.)  The event will mimic the style of a writers’ salon, with poetry readings, an open mic, 7’installation art, food and drinks.

Speaking Neeli

Poet Neeli Cherkovski Talks Bukowski, LouJon and the Classics

Poet Neeli Cherkovski has spent time with Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski. Recently, he spent some time with local writer Todd Cirillo, while visiting New Orleans.

Counter-Culture Bearers

HNOC Exhibit on Loujon Press Showcases 1960's New Orleans

The Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection deviates from its standard traditional exhibits to highlight the eccentric French Quarter counterculture of the 1960s. 

Campaign to Get Loujon Press Works on iPad Likely a Non-Starter

The totality of the Loujon Press catalogue can fit in this sentence: two of Charles Bukowski's early books, two of Henry Miller's later books and four issues of the journal, The Outsider. Yet, in New Orleans literary circles, the artistic publishing works of the French Quarter's Jon and Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb continues to captivate. That's probably because their books weren't just words, pages and binding. As Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin describes in a recent two-part article for Pelican Bomb, the books included intricate assemblage. Martin reports one of the Miller books included a handmade wooden box, a dozen of the author’s watercolors and a book "couched in foam and glistening metallic." Read the full article here and here.

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