Chuck Welch (AKA Crackerjack Kid) is a Canadian mail artist who has been
an active participant in the international mail art network since 1978.
Welch is a Fulbright recipient (1976) and an NEA Hilda Maehling Fellow
(1981) and has written extensively about mail art. Networking Currents
was self-published by Welch in 1985 and remains a pioneering text about
mail art subjects, issues, and the evolution of mail artists as networkers.
In 1989 he came up with the concept N.E.O.N.I.C.S. - Networkers Ethe-real
Open New Interconnected Communication Spirit. The University of Calgary
Press published Welch's edition Eternal Network: A Mail Art Anthology
in January 1995. Welch edits his mail art magazine Netshaker of which
the newest issues are issued online.
Networking currents : contemporary mail art : subjects and issues.
Boston :Sandbar Willow Press, 1986, c1985
Mail art ambassadors stamp album. [Boston, Mass. : s.n., 1984]
The Networker databank : exploring the role of the networker / by Chuck
Welch. Hanover, NH : [C. Welch?, 1993?]
**Eternal network : a mail art anthology. Calgary : University of Calgary
Press, 1995 N6494.M35 E83 1995 (Art Lib.)
Sources for obtaining more information
about the artist:
Honoraria Introducing Mail Art: A Karen Elliot Interview with Crackerjack
Kid and Honoraria, http://www.iath.virginia.edu/pmc/text-only/issue.193/pop-cult.193
Jannsen, Ruud. Mail-interview with Chuck Welch (USA). Tilburg, Holland
: TAM-Publications,  http://jas.faximum.com//library/tam/tam_24a.htm
Perneczky, Geza. Network Atlas: World and Publications by the People
of the First Network. Soft Geometry, Cologne. http://www.c3.hu/~perneczky/atlas.html (updated
April 2003). Vol. 2, pp. 148-150.