April 3, 1975
Poet, essayist, photographer and publisher Jonathan Williams read from his works for the Class of 1928 Poetry Reading. A native of North Carolina, Williams combined the avant-garde with the “found” language of his native mountains. The Jargon Society and the Jargon Press, which he founded, discovered or nurtured poets such as Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Lorine Neidecker, Charles Olson and Louis Zukovsky.
At the time of his death in 2008 The New York Times quoted Canadian critic Hugh Kenner’s description of Williams as a publisher: he was “the truffle hound of American poetry.”