Charles Ellick is an internationally known poet and Slammaster. He hosts the Berkeley Poetry Slam most every Wednesday (150+ attend), and produces an e-mail fanzine for the NorCal Slam Scene, the UPDATE, which has1,300 subscribers world-wide. He got his start as a poet and artist in Southern California, hosting both Open Mic's and SoCal's first regular poetry slam. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in '97, he took over the SF slam and touched off an explosion in the performance poetry scene, resulting in a First-Place tie at the National Slam in '99 between SF and San Jose, with Oakland in third. The same year, he quit his job as a Stock-Options Floor Broker at the Pacific Exchange to devote himself full-time to poetry and start the Berkeley Slam. The Bay Area is now the world's most exciting Spoken Word scene. In 2001, he coached the U.C. Berkeley Collegiate slam team to a gold medal and his teams have won numerous regional titles. At various times he has been a paperboy, a surfer, a gardener, a skater, a portrait painter, a muralist, a designer, a cashier, a shipping agent, a cartoonist, a sailor, a fast-food cook, a janitor, a broker, an editor, and a teacher. His work has been featured across North America and Britain, including prestigious venues such as the Nuyorican in NYC, the Cantab in Boston, the Green Mill in Chicago, Café Duex Soleis in Vancouver, Beyond Baroque in LA, the Justice League in San Francisco, the BBC studios in Bristol, Paddington Arts in London, and many others. He has been published and anthologized in many small print and online journals, including: Pearl, Poetry Super Highway, Clean Sheets, Po, and Sheila-Na-Gig. He has just finished his 9th collection of poetry, XXX Haiku.