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, by Helena Feder

The Move West: Gary Snyder, by Alan Williamson

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

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

Riprap of Things: Subject and Object in Gary Snyder’s Early Poetry, by Louise Mills

Living Landscape: An Interview with Gary Snyder, by John P. O’Grady

The Circumambulation of Mt. Tamalpais, by David Robertson

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

Practising Emptiness: Gary Snyder’s Playful Ecological Work, by Julia Martin

Notes, by Gary Snyder

Pattern Which Connects: Metaphor in Gary Snyder’s Later Poetry, by Julia Martin

A Note on Japanese Allusions in Gary Snyder’s Poetry, by Katsunori Yamazato

Gary Snyder’s Myths & Texts and the Monomyth, by Lee Bartlett

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

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

Gary Snyder’s Descent to Turtle Island: Searching for Fossil Love, by L. Edwin Folsom

The Incredible Survival of Coyote, by Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder, a Western Poet, by Thomas J. Lyon

Additional Resources:

Western Writers Series, Boise State University: Gary Snyder