Born in New York on 30 August 1939, Bill Berkson ’57 attended The Day School of the Church of the Heavenly Rest and entered Trinity in Grade One in 1945. He completed secondary school at Lawrenceville and went on to Brown University, The New School for Social Research, and finally Columbia University, by which time he found himself in the midst of the New York avant-garde poetry and art scenes. Over the years he became close with Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Jim Carroll ’68, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Frank O’Hara, Ron Padgett, George Schneeman, and Anne Waldman. Profoundly influenced by his studies with Kenneth Koch and his friendship with O’Hara, Bill became a committed poet, as well as an art critic, editor, and publisher. He moved to Bolinas, California, in 1970 and began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute.