He was educated at the University of Toronto (U of T), where he earned a B.A. in 1927, and at Osgoode Hall Law School, which awarded him an LL.B. in 1930. At U of T he was editor of the Victoria College literary magazine, Acta Victoriana.
In 1936 he moved to Montreal to pursue a career in public relations. He joined/founded a firm, Johnston, Everson & Charlesworth Ltd., later becoming its President (1953-1969) and Chairman of Communications (1964-1969).
Everson began writing poetry in the 1920s. However, his earliest book of poetry was published only in 1957. He went on to author more than a dozen books of poetry, and was published as well in numerous magazines.
He moved to Burlington, Ontario, shortly before his death in 1992.
The Canadian Encyclopedia calls his poems "concise and direct responses to his environment and personal situation, his later work turning darker and more plaintive."
His poetry was anthologized in the Penguin Book of Canadian Verse.
- Three Dozen Poems. Montreal: Cambridge Press, 1957.
- A Lattice for Momos (with foreword by Louis Dudek; illustrated by Colin Haworth). Toronto: Contact Press, 1958.
- Blind Man's Holiday. Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1963.
- Four Poems. Norwich, VT: American Letters Press, 1963.
- Wrestle With an Angel. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1965.
- Incident on Cote des Neiges, and other poems. Amherst, MA: Green Knight Press, 1966.
- Raby Head, and other poems. Amherst, MA: Green Knight Press, 1967.
- The Dark is Not So Dark. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1969.
- Elinor's Mouth-hole. Santa Barbara, CA: Unicorn Press, 1969.
- Selected Poems, 1920-1970 (illustrated by Colin Haworth). Montreal: Delta Canada, 1970.
- Indian Summer. Ottawa: Oberon, 1976. ISBN 978-0-88750189-0
- Carnival. Ottawa: Oberon, 1978. ISBN 978-0-88750272-9
- Everson at Eighty (with introduction by Al Purdy). Ottawa: Oberon, 1983. ISBN 978-0-88750482-2
- Poems About Me. Ottawa: Oberon, 1990. ISBN 978-0-88750799-1
Audio / videoEdit
- A Poetry Reading by Ron Everson (cassete). Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, [1983?]
- R.G. Everson fonds at Archives & Research Collections, McMaster University Libraries
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 R.G. Everson, Canadian Books & Authors, Lynn Bornath, Web, June 14, 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Everson, R.G. (1903-), William Ready Division, Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Libraries, McMaster.ca, Web, June 14, 2012.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Peter Stevens, Everson, Ronald Gilmour, Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton: Hurtig, 1988), 731, Print.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Search results = au:R G Everson, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 6, 2017.
- Everson, Ronald Gilmour in the Canadian Encyclopedia
- Review of Poems About Me at CM Archive
- Review of Everson at 80 at CM Archive
- Zachariah Wells on R.G. Everson's "He Loved in all Directions"
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