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. and spending the late 80's and early 90's as a San Francisco cab driver and street musician.
In 1999, relieved of his demons ,he moved to Marin County, where he began to pursue his dream in the literary arts.
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 is presently enrolled in the graduate writing program at Johns Hopkins University and residing on the Hawaiian Islands.
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.
Souby is currently finishing up a sci-fi epic tentatively titled "Beyond the Realm of Black and White" and is enrolled in a graduate writing program at Johns Hopkins University
He is a fan of an eclectic array of literature including literary fiction, satire and science fiction. His favorite authors include Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, Mary Oliver, Tim O'Brien, Jericho Brown, Kurt Vonnegut, Cixin Liu 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.
A novel about spiritual and family rebirth, Winifred tells the story of a man who was ready to throw in the towel after losing the love of his life but meets a young female drug addict who, after a shocking revelation, helps him discover a new dimension to life and a new sacred bond.