Pulitzer winner, living treasure to host event

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The Quivira Coalition is proud to host Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry winner Gary Snyder and Santa Fe’s living treasure Jack Loeffler for an evening of discussion, poetry and “Inspiring Adaptation.”  This talk is open to the public and costs $30 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Quivira Coalition.  Their talk will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.  

Hosted by the Quivira Coalition, the event will feature two legends as they explore, discuss and reflect on stewardship of the natural landscapes, the challenges faced and the opportunity for a better world. 

Quivira Coalition Founder Courtney White said, ““The Quivira Coalition is very pleased to announce that poet Gary Snyder and folklorist Jack Loeffler, two quintessential westerners and longtime friends, will be giving a joint presentation at our annual conference on what adaptation in the American West means in these uncertain times.

In addition to his literary achievements, Snyder has worked in the woods near his home in northern California for decades, improving forest health through careful logging practices and collaborative conservation projects. In addition to reading from his work, Snyder will talk about the “New Forest” and what it means for conservation in the West in the 21st century. Jack Loeffler, who lives in the Santa Fe area, has focused much of his recent work on the state of the Southwest’s watersheds, especially as they begin to show signs of stress under hotter and drier conditions. How will we adapt to a landscape with less water potentially? Loeffler will share his experience and insights on this important topic.

Stegner called the West’s dryness its one unshakeable truth. Come hear what two veteran westerners have to say about the past, the present, and the future!”

Snyder is best known as a poet (often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance), he is also an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism.

 While Snyder has gained attention as a spokesman for the preservation of the natural world and its earth-conscious cultures, he is not simply a “back-to-nature” poet with a facile message. In American Poetry in the 20th Century, Kenneth Rexroth observed that although Snyder proposes “a new ethic, a new esthetic [and] a new life style,” he is also “an accomplished technician who has learned from the poetry of several languages and who has developed a sure and flexible style capable of handling any material he wishes.”