Charles Souby was born and raised on the Chicago North Shore. In the fall of 1975 he moved to San Francisco, where he graduated with a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University. The ensuing fifteen years found him struggling in Alaska and California, living close to the curb suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. He spent the late 80's and early 90's as a San Francisco cab driver and street musician.
In 1999, comfortably relieved of his demons he moved to Marin County, where he began to pursue his dream in literature as well as improv acting.
Charles has been a mureed in the Inayati Sufi Order for over twenty years. He is also a student of Advaita (non-dual) spiritual philosophy. He moved to the Hawaiian Islands in 2017 where he currently resides.
In 2002, Souby renewed his studies in creative writing under Bay Area poet and fiction author James Tipton.
He is is a graduate of the Upright Citizen's Brigade in Los Angeles and BATS Improv in San Francisco where he learned narrative style improv and later studied with its pioneer, Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Alberta.
Charles is currently focusing on poetry and a historical fiction novel and is being mentored by acclaimed writer and teacher Laura Lentz.
Souby is a fan of an eclectic array of literature including modern poetry, literary fiction.and satire.
His favorite authors include Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, Mary Oliver, Tim O'Brien, Jericho Brown, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Hirshfield and Nick Hornby.
The gritty and sometimes comical story of Daniel Martin, a strung-out street musician who aspires to be the Jimi Hendrix of the 5-String Banjo and find a girlfriend for the Christmas Holidays.
A View from the Borderline is a collection of short stories that runs the gamut from dark and gritty satire to sweet and serious love. They include a man plotting to poison a park full of pigeons to frame a bothersome old lady to a high school delinquent who falls for a dispossessed girl about to be shipped off to an asylum.
What happens to an Ivy League grad who’s slated to go to work for his father as a Washington mining lobbyist, only to find his life’s values chipped away by an unrequited love and a growing fascination with spirituality and the environment?
Jeffrey Woodward hopes to face gnawing fears and discover what matters in his life by traveling to the Yukon Territory of 1982 with only a backpack, guitar and his thumb. What he discovers on his journey will turn his life upside down and cause him to desperately seek new possibilities in the world.