Event alert – Jo says, “On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 7 P.M. I’ll be part of NOIR AT THE BAR L.A., reading with Nikki Dolson, Rex Weiner and other talented authors at the Mandrake Bar, 2692 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034″
And in September I’ll be attending Bouchercon in Florida.
7 pm., June 10, 2018.
Charles Bukowski invited me to his house after a poetry reading when I was 16 or 17. I wrote a lot of poetry then and also had also become friends with the great and generous San Francisco poet, Jack Hirschmann when he was an L.A. poet. I must have written to Hirschmann (snail mail) and sent him a poem or letter–the start of all this is hazy now. Once Jack Hirschman showed up at my suburban house to hand-deliver one of his rhapsodic and illustrated poems to me. My parents were nonplussed and impressed when they answered the knock on the door.
Anyway, Bukowski lived in a DeLongpre Avenue bungalow and had acquired a group of fawning and maschochistic admirers. He was riffing––brilliant, hateful and very funny––that night, alternating between self-loathing rants and attacks on one young man whose good looks enraged him.
I felt and still feel lucky that I was invisible to him.
Jo’s Office Assistants
Until a scorching hot day in 2008 when a six-months-or-so old dog––a female mutt, exhausted, thirsty, disoriented and hungry, who’d been dumped in Home Depot parking lot––found me, I’d been a cat person.
After what quickly became half-hearted attempts to find her a home (because of the cats who were miffed), we named her Lucy.
Lucy didn’t just change my life, she upended it. I knew nothing about dogs, but Lucy was patient and wise teacher. The more she taught me––about what dogs see, what interests them, where they like to sleep, how they think, what they know––the more my familiar neighborhood and my world changed. I met dogs and their people, many of whom (dogs and people) became dear and inspiring friends. Then another dog found us–– this one dumped in the alley behind our home. We named her Lola and she and Lucy are inseparable.
I also learned how casually and how often people are cruel to the dogs who try so hard to please them.
Jo’s books are DEAD IS BETTER, DEAD IS BEST, and DEAD IS GOOD, a series of unconventional mysteries from Fahrenheit Press/Fahrenheit 13 (www.fahrenheit-press.com). Check out what she has to say about her current work-in-progress and more in our interview here.
Jo Perry earned a Ph.D. in English, taught college literature and writing, produced and wrote episodic television, and has published articles, book reviews, and poetry.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist Thomas Perry.
They have two adult children. Their two cats and two dogs are rescues.
Check out our interview with Jo here.