William Everson

American, 1912 - 1994

William Everson spent much of the second World War in a camp for conscientious objectors in Oregon, where he founded a fine-arts program and completed his first volume of poetry. He enjoyed national fame after the publication of this volume, but he chose to separate himself from the world at a Dominican monastery under the name “Brother Antonius.” He lived at the monastery from 1951 until 1969, when, inspired by the “Summer of Love” movement, he left to marry a woman young enough to be his daughter. Everson spent most of the following decades near Santa Cruz, where he was poet-in-residence at UC Santa Cruz and founded Lime Kiln, a small press for poetry. He died in 1994 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease.