Gary Snyder

Utne Reader visionary [Originally published as Gary Snyder in the January-February 1995 issue of Utne Reader]

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Snyder knows what modern and postmodern industrial society has forgottenthat true culture arises out of fully inhabiting the place where you live. A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (for Turtle Island), he spent more than a decade working as a researcher and translator of Zen Buddhist texts, studying Rinzai Zen Buddhism under Oda Sesso Roshi, and traveling with poet and cultural leader Nanao Sakaki. He is the founder of a Sierra Nevada mountain farmstead where he works with the Yuba Watershed Institute. He continues to travel worldwide to read poetry, teach Buddhist meditation, and lecture on environmental, bioregional, and community issues and is a faculty member at the University of California at Davis. His most recent book is No Nature, a collection of poems.