San Francisco, CA 94133
Region: North Beach/ Chinatown
It's not often you get the chance to see Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. One of the five to read at the famed "Howl" debut, Snyder has spent much of his life in the Sierra foothills, becoming one of the foremost practitioners of writing that explores the relationships between regions of land and the peoples who inhabit them. He began Mountains and Rivers Without End in 1956 and first published the book forty years later; encompassing geology and mythology, Zen Buddhism, Asian art, and Native American storytelling, the book garnered Snyder many awards, including the Bollingen Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Orion Society's John Hay Award. To celebrate the publication of a new edition by Counterpoint Press, City Lights will host the poet in a very special evening (City Lights has quite a history with the poet as well, as they've released nine volumes of his work). Get there early if you want a seat!