Bill Sovern, integral part of Evansville’s arts community, has died

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Bill Sovern, integral part of Evansville’s arts community, has died

EVANSVILLE – William Sovern was many things to many people: artist, mentor, community leader, humanitarian, maybe even father figure.

Many knew him simply as “Hoosier Bill.” Those closest to him define him by his authenticity, generosity and larger-than-life presence.

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

However one knew him, it’s clear that Evansville’s art community may have lost 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 Friday night. He was 73 years old.

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