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

Wednesday May 29 2019   7:30 PM
CEMEX Auditorium, GSB Knight Management Center  655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA  map

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 Edge, Tamalpais 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.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

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 www.tomkillion.com.  

Photo by Katsunori Yamazato

Gary SnyderGary Snyder is a poet, author, scholar, cultural critic, and professor emeritus of the University of California at Davis who has published sixteen books of poetry and prose, including The Gary Snyder Reader (1952–1998) . He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His Turtle Island won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975, and his book-length poem Mountains and Rivers Without End won the Bollingen Prize in poetry in 1997. In 2008 he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement.