San Francisco native Gary Snyder’s first book, “Riprap,” was published in 1959 and has become a classic in American poetry. He’s gone on to publish more than a dozen collections of poetry and prose, including “Practice of the Wild,” one of the most influential books about the environment of the last 50 years. His recently completed long poem, Mountains and Rivers Without End, is broadly recognized as one of the greatest long poems in American literature, and his last book of poems, “Danger on Peaks,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize for poetry in 1997. He also has the distinction of being the first American to receive the Buddhism Transmission Award from the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Foundation. Governor Jerry Brown inducted Snyder into the California Hall of Fame in 2017.
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2018 - Gary Snyder & Kim Stanley Robinson: Mt. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Naming What Can't Be Named