Gary Snyder



Streaming Media


1 hour 22 minutes


Gary Snyder, American writer and environmentalist, is best known for his poetry (often associated with the Beat Generation of poets), and in 1975 won a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his book Turtle Island. Snyder also served for many years on the faculty of the University of California, Davis.

In this recording, Snyder reads from his published works Myths and Texts and Turtle Island at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University.

Transferred and preserved by Portland State University Library’s Special Collections with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.



Original Format

Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, 2 track, mono


This digital access copy is made available with the generous permission of Gary Snyder. It is intended for use as streaming media for personal, educational, and non-commercial purposes only. It cannot be reproduced in any form, distributed or played for commercial purposes. Any requests for such use or for duplication of this recording must be directed to Gary Snyder's designated Literary Executor. This contact information is available from Portland State University's Special Collections: specialcollections@lists.pdx.edu


Transcript added March 4, 2021.

PSU Library Special Collections and University Archives presents these recordings as part of the historical record. They reflect the recollections and opinions of the individual speakers and are not intended to be representative of the views of Portland State University. They may contain language, ideas, or stereotypes that are offensive to others.

Please note that as Gary Snyder's published works are subject to copyright, the transcript includes titles and first lines of poems and does not reproduce the full text of each poem as it was originally read and recorded.

Persistent Identifier


Included in

Poetry Commons