California’s Wild Edge: Artist’s Talk at Humboldt State

Thursday Sep 22 2016   5:30 PM
HSU Library Authors Hall  Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA  map

Capturing the beauty of the California coast through exquisite woodcut prints and prose, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History is a new traveling exhibition appearing at HSU’s Reese Bullen Gallery from September 1 through October 8. The exhibition features artist Tom Killion’s Japanese-style woodcut prints, which vividly portray the coast’s ever-changing moods and diverse formations. From Southern California to Humboldt County, Killion’s work colorfully captures the meeting of land and sea.

To accompany the exhibit, an artist talk by Tom Killion with poetry readings by Jerry Martien and Jim Dodge will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 5:30pm in the Authors Hall, located on the second floor of the HSU Library. A reception will follow in the Reese Bullen Gallery.

The gallery is open Monday through Wednesday from 12 to 5pm, Thursday 12 to 7pm, Friday 12 to 5pm, and Saturday 10 to 2pm, with free admission to exhibits and events. For more information about the gallery, please contact the gallery office at (707) 826-5814 or For parking information, please visit

Tom KillionWoodcut and letterpress artist Tom Killion grew up in Marin County, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints strongly influenced by traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Along with publishing fine art letterpress books, Killion holds a PhD in African history from Stanford University and has taught history at several Bay Area universities. He is the founder of The Quail Press and his extensively illustrated books include 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents. Killion and Gary Snyder previously collaborated on The High Sierra of California, which was published by Heyday in 2002 and Tamalpais Walking, published in 2009. You can find out more about his artwork at  

Photo by Katsunori Yamazato

Jim Dodge is the author of three novels—Fup, Not Fade Away, and Stone Junction—and a collection of poetry and short prose, Rain on the River. He received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing/poetry from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop in 1969 and has been the director of the creative writing program in the English department at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, since 1995. He lives on an isolated ranch in western Sonoma County and has worked as an apple picker, a carpet layer, a teacher, a professional gambler, a shepherd, and a woodcutter.