Gary Snyder's New Book: California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History(2016)

This book depicts a glorious compendium of prints, poetry and history of the Big Sur coast, illustrated with the most incredibly beautiful woodcuts and linoleum cut by Tom Killon—the perfect match of artist and subject. The Big Sur coast is so spectacular, yet it spawns so many banal paintings and ho hum photographs. —Janet Eckman

This is masterwork, which seeks a new way of seeing, a new way of using the materials to say something original about the landscape. The text, pulled together by poet Gary Snyder--includes the work of everyone from Robinson Jeffers to TS Eliot--is a book which is exquisite, providing a history of the California coast; a combination of Tom Killion's radiant prints, prose and poetry by Gary Snyder, as well as excerpts from writers like Jaime de Angulo, Robert Hass, and Jane Hirshfield, among numerous others.—Andrew Tillmen

Gary Snyder was born in San Francisco, California on May 8, 1930. He received a B.A. in anthropology at Reed College in 1951. Between working as a logger, a trail-crew member, and a seaman on a Pacific tanker, he was associated with Beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso and studied in a Zen monastery in Japan. He wrote numerous books of poetry and prose including Danger on Peaks, Mountains and Rivers Without End, No Nature: New and Selected Poems, The Practice of the Wild, Regarding Wave, and Myths and Texts. He received an American Book Award for Axe Handles and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Turtle Island. He has also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Bollingen Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Levinson Prize from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Shelley Memorial Award.