Coastside Productions

      Lou Solitske

In March of 1980, Lou Solitske memorized The Raven. He has recited it every day since. Lou embarked upon an eighteen-year career as a night driver with Sacramento Yellow Cab in 1987. This was a perfect job because it provided Lou with captive audiences for his poetic offerings and his harmonica. After over 13,500 recitations (mostly to himself but often to others and sometimes to the poor souls trapped in his taxi,) Lou has come to understand Edgar Allan Poe's iconic masterpiece in a way that few others have. Lou's long suffering wife, Jackie, said that Lou had turned the word raven into a verb. She maintained that he Ravens people and once they hear it, they are never quite the same. In 2001 Lou published Taxi Tales a fact based collection of short stories recounting some of his more memorable adventures in Cabland. Lou, photographer, videographer, author and poet moved to Half Moon Bay, California in 2005 where he entered into a collaboration with artist Joyce Eakins. Lou currently lives in Seaside, Oregon with his grumpy old cat.