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Kenneth Wayne Brewer was born on November 28, 1941, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Shortly after his birth, his father, Ulyss Brewer, deployed for World War II where he served most of his time fighting in the Philippines. After his father's deployment, Brewer and his mother, Edna Juanita Virt Brewer, moved in with his maternal grandmother, Mary Belle Virt.
After returning from the War in 1945, his father aspired to be a boxer but due to an injury he drove freight trucks in Indianapolis instead. Eventually he became an office manager for A & H Trucking Co. His mother worked as a typist for the same firm and his grandmother was a gift wrapper for a department store in Indianapolis. Because of his parents' schedules, Brewer was largely raised by his grandmother. He eventually graduated from Thomas Howe High School where he earned mostly B's and C's and participated in football and the ROTC.
Brewer attended Butler University for a year in 1959 before transferring to New Mexico Western College (now Western New Mexico University) in Silver City, New Mexico. He played football until a leg injury ended his career. He graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary teaching. In 1967 he graduated with a Master of Arts from New Mexico State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1973.
Dr. Brewer began teaching poetry at Utah State University in 1968. During his career at USU he wrote and published poetry extensively, and he eventually gained national attention being included in national anthologies and several listings of prominent American poets. He retired in the spring of 2000, after 32 years of teaching. He was named the Utah Poet Laureate in January 2003.
Ken married in 1964, and had two children, Kimberly Diane (Marsing) in 1966 and Jonathan Keith in 1969. Dr. Brewer died on March 15, 2006 following a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Kenneth Wayne Brewer Collection consists of 81 photographs dated from 1907-2004. The majority of the pictures were taken in the 1940s and 1950s from Brewer's childhood and include his parents, Ulyss and Edna, various relatives, and friends. Photos from 1907-1959 are in black and white, after 1960 all the images are in color. Folder 2 consists of color prints taken by Dr. Brewer in 2004 of the Swenson Symposium.
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Kenneth Wayne Brewer Photographs. (P0381). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.
|1||01:01:01: Starting from the right back: Mary Pottage (grandmother to Ken Brewer), Clarence Pottage (great uncle to Ken Brewer), Laura Dirk (cousin to Mary Pottage), and Marie Dirk (cousin to Mary Pottage), 1907||1907|
|01:01:02: Mary Pottage (grandmother), age 13, 1911||1911|
|01:01:03: Great Grandpa Pottage (to Ken Brewer), 1905||1905|
|01:01:04: Edna Virt (mother to Ken Brewer), age 4, 1921||1921|
|01:01:05: Edna Virt, 1921||1921|
|01:01:06: Charles W. Virt (grandfather to Ken Brewer), c. 1915||1915|
|01:01:07: Mary (Pottage) and Edna Virt, c. 1920||1920|
|01:01:08: Sharon Billings, June 1936||1936 Jun|
|01:01:09: 4014 E. 10th, Indianapolis, June 1936||1936 Jun|
|01:01:10: Charles Lawrence Brewer (brother to Ken Brewer) January 12, 1940||1940 Jan 12|
|01:01:11: Edna (Virt) Brewer, June 1941||1941 Jun|
|01:01:12: Ulyss Brewer, Sergeant of U.S. Army, 1939||1939|
|01:01:13: Charles Lawrence Brewer, 09/16/39-04/04/1940||1940|
|01:01:14: Charles Virt, Edna and Ulyss Brewer, Dale Smith, 1940||1940|
|01:01:15: Edna Brewer, 1944||1944|
|01:01:16: Charles Virt & Bill Young, 1943||1943|
|01:01:17: Ken Brewer, August 1943||1943 Aug|
|01:01:18: Ken Brewer and Frank (uncle to Ken Brewer), 1943||1943|
|01:01:19: Charles Virt & Ken Brewer, 1945||1945|
|01:01:20: K.W.(aka Ken Brewer), Ulyss, and Becky, Ken's dog at Big Sugar River (1937 Studebaker on right side), August 1943||1943 Aug|
|01:01:21: K.W. and Brewer at Big Sugar River, August 1943||1943 Aug|
|01:01:22: K.W. and Brewer at Big Sugar River, August 1943||1943 Aug|
|01:01:23: Ken Brewer, 1942||1942|
|01:01:24: 125 W. Kansas House, 1942||1942|
|01:01:25: Ken and Edna Brewer, 1945||1945|
|01:01:26: Ken and Ulyss Brewer, August 1943||1943 Aug|
|01:01:27: Ken Brewer and Mary Virt, 1946||1946|
|01:01:28: Charles Virt, 1944||1944|
|01:01:29: Ken Brewer, 1946||1946|
|01:01:30: Charles and Mary Virt, 1945||1945|
|01:01:31: Mary Virt, Ken Brewer, and Charles Virt at Washington Park Cemetery, 1945||1945|
|01:01:32: Ulyss, Ken, Becky(dog), 1946||1946|
|01:01:33: Ken Brewer and Kay Newman, 1946||1946|
|01:01:34: Ken Brewer at Big Sugar River, 1945||1945|
|01:01:35: Ken Brewer, Grandma Brewer, and Mildred at Pikeville, Kentucky, 1946||1946|
|01:01:36: Ken Brewer, 1945||1945|
|01:01:37: Ken Brewer, 1945||1945|
|01:01:38: Ken Brewer, 1946||1946|
|01:01:39: Ken Brewer, 1947||1947|
|01:01:40: Public School #62, c. 1948. Ken is the the second person in line||1948|
|01:01:41: Ulyss Brewer and Great-Grandma Pottage, August 1950||1950 Aug|
|01:01:42: Ulyss and Ken Brewer, 1950||1950|
|01:01:43: Ken Brewer in Pikeville, Kentucky, 1946||1946|
|01:01:44: Brewer and Great Grandma Brewer||1907-2004|
|01:01:45: Ken Brewer in baseball outfit, 1951||1951|
|01:01:46: Ulyss Brewer dressed as a woman, Halloween 1952||1952|
|01:01:47: E. 10th House, 1953||1953|
|01:01:48: Aunt Catherine, Ken and Grandma Brewer, 1952||1952|
|01:01:49: Ken and Ulyss Brewer, 1954||1954|
|01:01:50: Grandma, 1955||1955|
|01:01:51: House, 1955||1955|
|01:01:52: Garage, 1955||1955|
|01:01:53: Grandma, 1956||1956|
|01:01:54: Ken Brewer in military uniform, 1956||1956|
|01:01:55: Ken Brewer and John Kiesel, All-Stars, 1956||1956|
|01:01:56: Thomas Howe High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1956||1956|
|01:01:57: Ken Brewer in baseball uniform, 1956||1956|
|01:01:58: Ken Brewer, 1958||1958|
|01:01:59: House on 10th Street, 1957||1957|
|01:01:60: Ulyss Brewer in the garage, 1958||1958|
|01:01:61: House at Tippecanoe, 1959||1959|
|01:01:62: Ulyss Brewer and dog, 1960||1960|
|01:01:63: Ulyss Brewer and dog, 1961||1961|
|01:01:64: Edna Brewer and dog, 1962||1962|
|01:01:65: Ulyss and Edna Brewer with Kim and Jon on their laps, 1969||1969|
|01:01:66: Four generations, 1970 (Grandmother holding Jon, Ken holding Kim, and Edna Brewer)||1970|
|01:01:67: The Tippecanoe, 1970||1970|
|01:01:68: Kenneth Brewer, February 1942||1942 Feb|
|01:01:69: Ken Brewer, 1992||1992|
|01:01:70: Bobbie (Roberta) Stearman, Ken Brewer, and Bill Holm in Springdale, Utah, May 25, 1997||1997 May 25|
|01:01:71: Unknown man and Ken Brewer||1907-2004|
|01:02:01-10: Includes Roy Swenson (brother of May Swenson), Mark Doty and Cynthia Hogue, Bobbie Stearman, Paul Crumbley, Paul Swenson, and a postcard for the symposium||1907-2004|