Gary Snyder


Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) is an American man of letters. Perhaps best known as a poet (often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance), he is also an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. He has been described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology.” Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award. His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature. Snyder has translated literature into English from ancient Chinese and modern Japanese. Snyder was an academic at the University of California, Davis and a member of the California Arts Council. (Information from Wikipedia)

Articles in Western American Literature:

“The Universe is Imaginative”: An Interview with David Robertson

The Move West: Gary Snyder

“August on Sourdough”: An Archival View of Gary Snyder’s Intercultural Poetics

Seeing a Corner of the Sky in Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers without End

Riprap of Things: Subject and Object in Gary Snyder’s Early Poetry

Living Landscape: An Interview with Gary Snyder

The Circumambulation of Mt. Tamalpais

Real Matter, Spiritual Mountain: Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac on Mt. Tamalpais

Practising Emptiness: Gary Snyder’s Playful Ecological Work

Notes, by Gary Snyder

Pattern Which Connects: Metaphor in Gary Snyder’s Later Poetry

A Note on Japanese Allusions in Gary Snyder’s Poetry

Gary Snyder’s Myths & Texts and the Monomyth

Notes: Unity and Power of Imagination in Gary Snyder’s “The Elwha River”

Bubbs Creek Haircut: Gary Snyder’s “Great Departure” in Mountains and Rivers without End

Gary Snyder’s Descent to Turtle Island: Searching for Fossil Love

The Incredible Survival of Coyote, by Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder, a Western Poet

Additional Resources:

Western Writers Series, Boise State University: Gary Snyder