Gary Snyder, 8th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Gary Snyder

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center; Batten Arts and Letters Building

Author/Artist Bio

Gary Snyder. "As a poet," Snyder tells us "I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic; the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.'' Widely considered one of the most important poets of our time, Snyder is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Turtle Island which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and five collections of prose. Snyder's interest in promoting peace, ecology, and social justice in the form of working and teaching on the specifics of bioregionalism, deep ecology, and fourth world politics, as well as poetics and Buddhist meditation. On Tuesday afternoon Snyder will speak on "Literature, Society and Politics in the New China," and on Tuesday evening he will read from his poetry.


Snyder read on Tuesday, October 8th, 1985 at 12:30 p.m. in University Webb Center and at 8:00 p.m. in the Batten Arts and Letters Building.


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