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Walking the High Sierra: An Evening with Gary Snyder and Tom Killion

May 29, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: CEMEX Auditorium, GSB Knight Management Center - Map Link

Pulitzer Prize—winning American poet, essayist, environmentalist, and Zen Buddhist Gary Snyder will join internationally renowned artist and printmaker Tom Killion in a special evening that will take the audience on a journey into the High Sierra through their poetry and art. Often called the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology,” Snyder is a passionate prophetic voice on behalf of the preservation of the natural world and the cultures that seek to protect it. Killion’s vividly colored Japanese-style woodblock prints are prized for capturing the breathtaking beauty of California’s dramatic landscapes. Since their first meeting in 1975, Gary Snyder and Tom Killion have collaborated on three acclaimed books: California’s Wild EdgeTamalpais Walking, and The High Sierra of California. The evening will include Snyder reading poems and selections from his journals, followed by a conversation between the poet and the artist about the ways they have been inspired by and have influenced each other’s work. 

This program is co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, Planet Earth Arts @ Stanford, and Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.

Please Note: The Stanford Alumni Association will be video recording this event and making it available to the public at a later date. For more information, please contact their office at webcasts@alumni.stanford.edu.

Gary Snyder, Poet

Gary Snyder is the author of two dozen books of poetry and prose. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975 for his collection Turtle Island, the American Book Award in 1984 for Axe Handles: Poems, and in 2012, the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of American Poets. 

Tom Killion, Artist

Tom Killion grew up in Marin County on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, where the rugged landscape inspired him from an early age. He is the founder of Quail Press and his hand-printed books include 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents. He is also the subject of a documentary film currently in production, Journey to Hokusai. Killion received a PhD in African history from Stanford.

Admission Info

Free and open to the public.


CEMEX Auditorium, GSB Knight Management Center - Map Link
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
Planet Earth Arts @ Stanford, Stanford Continuing Studies, and Stanford's Creative Writing Program
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May 29, 2019, 7:30 pm