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Gary Snyder was born on May 8, 1930 in San Francisco.
He has published numerous books of poetry and prose, including Danger on Peaks (Counterpoint Press, 2005)The Gary Snyder Reader (1952-1998) (1999); Mountains and Rivers Without End (1997);
No Nature: New and Selected Poems (1993), which was a finalist
for the National Book Award; The Practice of the Wild (1990); Left
Out in the Rain, New Poems 1947-1985; Axe Handles (1983), for
which he received an American Book Award; Turtle Island (1974), which
won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry; Regarding Wave (1970); and Myths
& Texts (1960).
He has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters
award, the Bollingen Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Bess Hokin
Prize and the Levinson Prize from Poetry, the Robert Kirsch Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Shelley Memorial Award. Snyder was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2003.
Most recently, he was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement by the Academy of American Poets. He is a professor of English at the University of California, Davis.