Gary Snyder & Tom Killion: The Art of Friendship

LIKE NATURALIST JOHN MUIR, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder’s words about the Sierra point to its extraordinary beauty, ecological importance and rich cultural history. In The High Sierra of California, Snyder’s prose, Tom Killion’s woodcut artistry, as well as Muir’s writings, capture the multiple facets of the region. The two famous artists—who share an appreciation […]

Acclaimed poet Gary Snyder and artist Tom Killion will headline Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2017

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival announced Friday that Gary Snyder and Tom Killion will be among the headliners at the 15th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, happening January 12-16, 2017. Gary Snyder, a Pulitzer prize-winning poet, essayist, lecturer and environmental activist, has made huge contributions to the environmental movement through his […]

Sierra Foothills Poet Gary Snyder wins prestigious Wallace Stevens Award

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the winners of its annual collection of poetry prizes: WALLACE STEVENS AWARD: GARY SNYDER $100,000 for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Academy of American Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield praised his selection, saying:  “Gary Snyder has brought to American poetry a lyric poem whose […]

Foothills Poet Gary Snyder a hit at S.F. Film Festival

Sierra Foothills’ Poet Gary Snyder was a hit at the San Francisco Film Festival, where the movie about him, “The Practice of The Wild,” debuted this week. We visited with Gary, fellow Poet Jim Harrison, Will Hearst and his wife, Margaret, Chronicle Editor-At-Large Phil Bronstein and former Gov. Jerry Brown before the film at a […]

Film about Foothills’ Poet Gary Snyder coming in May

Will Hearst and I have known each other for years, starting when he ran the S.F. Examiner and I worked at The Chronicle. We also got together when he left the Examiner for Kleiner Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. Here’s a pioneering multimedia clip with Will, circa 1996, when I was Editor at CNET. […]

Poet Snyder to enter California Hall of Fame

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder is being inducted into the California Hall of Fame this week. In its biography of Snyder, the California Hall of Fame calls him “one of the most significant environmental writers of the 20th century and an influential figure in the ecology movement.” The hall notes that he has lived sustainably for […]

California Arts Council turns 40: foothills’ poet Snyder was first chair

IN 2016, THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL in Sacramento celebrates 40 years. Much of its success comes from the involvement of Nevada County’s artistic community. In the ‘70s, Governor Jerry Brown

Foothills Artists: LeeAnn Brook, David Wong and David McKay

LEEANN BROOK FINE ART Opened in July 2015, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art is one of the first artist-owned galleries and on-site studios in Nevada County. In the heart of historic downtown Nevada City at 231 Broad Street, the gallery is housed in a brick building from the 1800s, incorporating the working studio of LeeAnn […]

Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

Our New Gold Rush

PROSPERITY HAS COME TO OUR region in different forms, starting with the Gold Rush. “Gold was discovered just to the south of here in January 1848. You could literally pick it up in the creeks,” recalls author Jordan Fisher Smith in a recent documentary called “Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes of Nevada City.” But that […]

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