Emmett Williams

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Emmett Williams (1925-2007) was an American poet and artist. He was married to British artist Ann Nöel. Williams, born in Greenville, South Carolina, grew up in Virginia, and lived in Europe from 1949 to 1966. Williams studied poetry with John Crowe Ransom at Kenyon College, anthropology at the University of Paris, and worked as an assistant to the ethnologist Paul Radin in Switzerland. As an artist and poet, Emmett Williams collaborated with Daniel Spoerri and German poet Claus Bremer in the Darmstadt circle of concrete poetry from 1957 to 1959. In the 1960s, Williams was the European coordinator of Fluxus and worked closely with French artist Robert Filliou, and was a founding member of the Domaine Poetique in Paris. Williams was friends with Václav Havel, and during his dissident years he translated some of Havel’s work into English. He translated Daniel Spoerri’s Topographie Anecdotée du hasard (An Anecdoted Topography of Chance), collaborated with Claes Oldenburg on Store Days, and edited An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, all published by Dick Higgins’ Something Else Press. From the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, Williams was Editor-in-Chief of the Something Else Press. In 1991, Williams published an autobiography, My Life in Fluxus -- And Vice Versa, published by Edition Hansjörg Mayer, Stuttgart. In 1996, he was honored for his life work with the Hannah-Höch-Preis. He died in Berlin in 2007. (Source)]