After a decades long career as a secondary English teacher, Charles Kruger reinvented himself as “the Storming Bohemian” and declared his profession to be “arts practitioner.” That was in early 2009. The following summer, he began writing a blog, “Storming Bohemia,” which documented his efforts to attend and write about 90 San Francisco area literay events in as many days. “Storming Bohemia” was noted nationally in The New York Times and on the blog (“Harriet The Blog”) for the Poetry Foundation. Subsequently, Charles became a founding Board member of two significant Bay Area reading series: “Quiet Lightning” and “Bay Area Generations.” His column, “The Storming Bohemian Punks The Muse,” has been featured on the website “LitSeen” which focuses on the SF literary community, as well as on “The Rumpus.” He has published poems and other writing in The Rumpus, ONTHEBUS, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Sparkle + Blink, Writing Without Walls, Red Fez and other venues both notable and and obscure. For “TheatreStorm,” a site for reviews of live theatre, Charles has published nearly a thousand reviews of plays for which he has been identified as “the pre-eminent critic of smaller theatres in the Bay area” by the SF Weekly.
As part of his emergence as an “arts practitioner” Charles also took up painting and has had work displayed in several galleries in the San Francisco area including Live Worms (North Beach), Art Span, and Bridge Art Center (Richmond). The graphics that decorate this website were taken from his paintings His work can be found online at Charles Kruger Art.
Charles began studying “Method Writing” with Jack Grapes in 2001. He is currently at work on a memoir of his late-life emergence as a full-time artist and writer.