"Dharma Readers" - Minneapolis Buddhist Book Club Message Board › Gary Snyder Poetry Reading 7 pm Monday April 18
Prize-wining poet and essayist Gary Snyder, who lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, will read his poems in the Sanctuary on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. The event is part of Plymouth’s Literary Witnesses series and co-sponsored by the Loft Literary Center.
Snyder has won nearly all the major literary prizes in America, including the Pulitzer and the Shelley Memorial Award. His Chinese and Japanese inflected poems represent a new American voice, inspired by the poetry and Buddhism of Asia and the ecology and peoples of native North America, including native languages, stories and practices. His 11 poetry collections include Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems (1969), Turtle Island (1974, Pulitzer Prize), Mountains and Rivers Without End (1996) and Danger on Peaks (2005). He’s been called the “Poet Laureate of Deep Ecology.” Snyder was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2003.
In addition, he’s a visionary essayist, from The Old Ways (1977) and the influential Earth Household (1980) and Practice of The Wild (1990) to The Etiquette of Freedom, a conversation (and film, DVD included) between Snyder and novelist Jim Harrison released late last year. He’s been awarded the John Hay Award for Nature Writing.
Finally, Snyder is a serious scholar of Asian literature, anthropology, linguistics and ecology, a translator of Chinese and Japanese poetry and a life-long practitioner of Zen Buddhism. He’s a celebrated activist for bioregionalism and for a Native American-inspired practice of how to live lightly on the land. Snyder was selected by the Utne Reader as one of 100 visionaries for his ecological and social activism.
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