Saying Farewell to Neeli Cherkovski

On the afternoon of May 20th, folks from North Beach and beyond came out to pay respects to our friend Neeli Cherkovski, who departed the world on March 19th, 2024. The gathering began at Washington Square Park, and proceeded with a second line procession down Grant Avenue to Caffe Trieste, the Beat Museum, and finally to Jack Kerouac Alley, with pauses for tributes and poetry readings at each stop. The finale was the book release event for Neeli’s Selected Poems 1959–2022 from Lithic Press at City Lights Books.

Poet Kyle Harvey shot the following videos (series of 3) of the parade:

Neeli Cherkovski Second Line Parade stops at the Beat Museum
The second line parade stops at the Beat Museum for some poetry readings from William Taylor, Jr. and Brandon Loberg.