Bartlett, Lee. William Everson. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1985. This brief monograph provides a useful introduction to the major phases of the poet’s life, his movement from Everson to Antoninus and back to Everson. Strangely, however, Bartlett focuses more on Everson’s accomplishments as a master printer than his achievements as a poet. Discussion of Everson’s poems is minimal.
_______. William Everson: The Life of Brother Antoninus. New York: New Directions, 1988. Although informative about Everson’s relationship with Kenneth Rexroth in the early 1950’s, as well as about Everson’s place in the San Francisco Renaissance, Bartlett’s study provides only cursory readings of Everson’s poems and no discussion at all of the poet’s second marriage to Mary Fabilli, the relationship that served as a catalyst for Everson’s conversion to Catholicism. Contains an excellent bibliography.
_______, ed. Benchmark and Blaze: The Emergence of William Everson. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1979. A collection of twenty-two critical appraisals of the poetry and printing of Everson, this work provides an excellent overview of the poet-printer’s distinguished career and accomplishments. Presented here are appraisals by such writers as Robert Duncan, Ralph J. Mills, Jerome Mazzaro, William Stafford, Kenneth Rexroth, and Albert Gelpi.
Carpenter, David A. The Rages of Excess: The Life and Poetry of William Everson. Bristol, Ind.: Wyndham Hall Press, 1987. A critical biography that is also a Jungian study attempts to interpret the poet’s complex psychology and life via close analysis of the poetic canon and vice versa. Noteworthy here are the close, detailed discussions of Everson’s long poems, such as his “The Chronicle of Division” and Tendril in the Mesh. Good bibliography.
Everson, William. Interviews. William Everson: The Light the Shadow Casts. Edited by Clifton Ross. Berkeley, Calif.: New Earth, 1996. Five interviews with Everson with corresponding poems. Offers invaluable insight into the life and work of the poet.
Herrmann, Steven. William Everson: The Shaman’s Call—Interviews, Introduction, and Commentaries. New York: Eloquent Books, 2009. Jungian psychotherapist Herrmann was asked by Everson to collaborate on a book in 1991. This work, which contains some interviews by Herrmann, examines shamanism in Everson’s poetry.
Houston, James D., et al. The Death of a Poet: Santa Cruz Writers, Poets, and Friends Remember William Everson. Austin, Tex.: W. Thomas Taylor, 1994. A collection of biographical essays about Everson originally published in Metro Santa Cruz in 1994 following Everson’s death.