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Gary Sherman Snyder

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Harold Alton Snyder and <private> Snyder (Wilkey)
Widower of Carole Lynn Snyder
Ex-husband of <private> Kryger; <private> Snyder (Gass) and <private> Snyder (Uehara)
Father of <private> Snyder and <private> Snyder
Brother of Anthea Corinne Lowry

Occupation: poet
Managed by: Hatte Blejer
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About Gary Sherman Snyder

Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) is an American poet (often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance), as well as an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist (frequently described as the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology"[2]). Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature. Snyder has translated literature into English from ancient Chinese and modern Japanese. For many years, Snyder served as a faculty member at the University of California, Davis, and he also served for a time on the California Arts Council.


Born to Harold Snyder and Lois Hennessy Wilkey in San Francisco, CA on May 8, 1930. He has a sister, Anthea. At age 20, he married Alison Gass; they soon separated, and divorced in 1953. He married second, the poet, Joanne Kryger, on Feb 28, 1960. They divorced in 1965. He married third, Masa Uehara of Osaka in 1967. They were married for 23 years, divorcing in 1989, and had two sons, Kai (1968) and Gen (1969). His fourth wife was Carole Lynn Koda, born Oct 3, 1947, who passed away from cancer on June 29, 2006.


He grew up in rural King County, Washington on a farm from age two to ten. His parents divorced in 1942 and he moved to Portland, Oregon with his mother and sister. Both he and his mother worked at a local newspaper during his teenage years. He was also an avid climber. He attended Reed College in Portland, where he met some of the Beat writers who he would become associated with

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May 8, 1930
San Francisco, CA, United States