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Williams, Jonathan, (1929-2008.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Williams, Jonathan, (1929-2008.)

Historical Note: Jonathan Williams (1929-2008 ) was an American poet, photographer, and publisher. Rooted in word play, Williams linked images and words together, and plays with rhyme and rhythm. His press, The Jargon Society, continues to publish in the Asheville region of North Carolina. Williams, along with other poets published by Jargon, have carved out a special niche in both the Carolina cultural landscape and the American literary world.  Black Mountain Poets, the name given to Williams and his fellow poets, derives from Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where Williams and many of his contemporaries attend school and developed their craft. The college is known for producing many great artists, poets, writers, photographers, and performing artists. Williams, and his press, have a long legacy of publishing the abstract, eccentric, and often misunderstood or little known writers and poets of the modern American and British literary landscape. However, both Williams and his press were known for the beauty, craftsmanship, printing, style, and uniqueness of their publications.
Note Author: Matthew Borowicz

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