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Gary Snyder at Reed

Published on January 8, 2009

I’ve had a soft spot for Gary Snyder since the day I met him in a Lenape long house while performing one of many high school summer jobs.

As mentioned in Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, Snyder and Allen Ginsberg passed through Portland on a trip up the coast in 1956. They made a stop at Reed College and gave a reading that including what have become some of their canonical works. A reel-to-reel tape of the event was discovered in Reed’s archives in 2007, and excerpts have been posted to the university’s website (including the first known recording of Howl).

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