THE GOLD DIGGERS Palma de Mallorca: The Divers Press, February 1954 Sewn and perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 144 pages, 5” x 6.75”, 500 copies, hand-set and printed by Mossén Alcover. (Novik A4) Asheville: Jonathan Williams, 1955 Perfect bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 44 pages, 200 copies.
IF YOU San Francisco: Porpoise Bookshop, 1956 Loose leaves measuring 9.5” x 12.5” in printed portfolio, 200 copies, printed by Henry Evans at the Peregrine Press.
” He went on to become one of the most active small publishers in the United States.
Known as “the truffle-hound of American poetry,” he has rooted out and published such zesty writers as Charles Olson, Kenneth Patchen, Denise Levertov, Paul Metcalf, and many others.
He employed unexpected puns, repeated syllables, and word extensions.
Although often critical of the American middle class, Williams delighted in mountain speech and traditions, frequently quoting hill folk in his poems and essays.A man of diverse interests and talents, a champion of the avant-garde, Jonathan Williams (1929-2008) once listed his occupations as “poet, publisher, designer, essayist, iconographer.” He has also been described as “a busy gadfly who happened somehow to pitch on a slope in western North Carolina.” Born in Asheville, he has spent much of his life on Skywinding Farm near Highlands. Albans School, Princeton University, and Black Mountain College, and also studied art and design at the Institute of Design in Chicago.In college Williams became interested in the rebellious and experimental poems that came to be labeled Beat poetry.A serious gardener and hiker, Williams wrote often about his walks on the Appalachian Trail and in England, where he spent part of each year.He taught at several universities, and was poet-in-residence at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.Columbus: Golden Goose Press, October 1952 Saddle-stapled and bound into printed and illustrated wrappers with rear french-fold in opalescent tissue dust jacket, 6” x 7.5”, 32 pages, 500 copies. Designed and printed by Richard Wirtz Emerson from type set by Frederick Eckman at the Golden Goose Press. THE KIND OF ACT OF Palma de Mallorca: The Divers Press, May 1953 Hand-sewn and bound into illustrated wrappers, 6.25” x 7.25”, 24 pages, 250 copies, hand-set and printed by Mossén Alcover. THE WHIP Worchester: Migrant Books, Summer 1957 Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 6.75″, 49 pages, 500 copies. Published as Jargon 26 (Novik A8) Worchester: Migrant Books, Summer 1957 Cloth-covered boards with printed spine, 5″ x 6.75″, 49 pages, 100 copies. The premiere venue was Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for Visual Arts, in Boone, North Carolina, where the exhibition opened on March 7, 2008, the day before Williams’ seventy-ninth birthday.As it turned out, sadly, the occasion found him in deteriorating health and close to his home in a hospital where he remained for nine more days until his death on the night of March 16.