Bill Sovern, an integral part of the Evansville art community, has died

EVANSVILLE. William Sovern was many things to many people: an artist, a mentor, a community leader, a humanitarian, perhaps even a father.

Many knew him simply as “Hooser Bill”. Those closest to him define him by his authenticity, generosity and unparalleled presence.

“Bill was never sold. Never even came close,” said friend and former Courier & Press photographer Bob Gwaltney. “He followed his dream to be a poet, to be an artist. These were values ​​from which he did not deviate.”

Whoever knew him, it’s clear that Evansville’s art community has lost perhaps its most influential force. Sovern, Indiana’s Beat Poet Laureate, suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident on July 29. After being taken off life support, he remained in hospice until his death on Friday evening. He was 73 years old.

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