Log In

Jonathan Chamberlain Williams Edit Profile

poet

Jonathan Chamberlain Williams, American poet. Named to North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, 1988; recipient Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels award, 1974, Carey-Thomas citation, Publishers Weekly, 1977, North Carolina award in Fine Arts, 1977; Guggenheim fellow, 1957-1958; National Endowment grantee, 1978.

Background

Williams, Jonathan Chamberlain was born on March 8, 1929 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. Son of Thomas Benjamin and Georgette (Chamberlain) Williams.

Education

Student, Princeton University, 1949. Student, Institute Design, 1951. Student, Black Mountain College, 1956.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Maryland Institute College Art, 1969.

Career

Founder, editor, public, designer Jargon Society Press, Highlands, North Carolina, 1951—2008, curator society archives State University of New York Buffalo Library, 1980. Contributing editor Aperture Magazine, 1977. Served with Medical Corps United States Army, 1952-1953.

Achievements

  • He is known as the founder of The Jargon Society, which has published poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art since 1951.

Works

Membership

Member Bruckner Society of America, Gadfly: The Mencken/Fields Trust, The Cast-Iron Lawn-Deer Owners of America (vice president 1960), The Campaign for Real Ale, The Delius Society, Mervyn Peake Society, Frivolist Movement (founding member).

Connections

Life partner Thomas Meyer.

father:
Thomas Benjamin Williams

mother:
Georgette (Chamberlain) Williams