ONLINE CLASS: Gary Snyder and Leslie Marmon Silko: Magical, Earthbound Voices for Our Time (2211)

Four Tuesdays: February 15, 22, and March 1, 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST Online

$130.00 per person (10% off for members)

Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, devoted Zen practitioner, nature writer, and environmental activist.   Within his work, Snyder blends his Zen Buddhist vision and practice and earthly wisdom with his love of place and the wild to question and illuminate what human qualities are necessary not only to survive but also to flourish during our residence on earth.  Leslie Marmon Silko, of mixed ancestry, has spent the majority of her life on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation.  She portrays life by adjusting various cultural lenses, much as do the characters which she creates. With lyrical voices, these two respected writers ferret out major issues which deserve, merit, our considered attention.

Four Tuesdays: February 15, 22, and March 1, 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST Online

Classes One and Two: The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder.  Nine of Snyder’s evocative essays, collected from different  parts of his life, form his work The Practice of the Wild.

Classes Three and Four: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko.  Many critics, if not the majority, portray Leslie Mormon’s Silko’s Ceremony as the greatest novel of Native American Literature.

Short meditation practices and short writing exercises will be part of this class.  All sessions will be recorded.

Required Books:

The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder (9781640094215)

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (9780143129462)

Jerry Webster, Ph. D., (Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland) has taught numerous courses in literature for the U. of MD. and in multiculturalism for Montgomery County Public Schools (MD).  He has taught English full-time in public school systems for forty years.  He served as the Shastri, or head teacher, for the Shambhala Buddhist Center in Washington, D.C. for 10 years until he retired in 2020.  He teaches regularly for the D. C. Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Program, Frederick Community College ILR Program, and the D.C. Shambhala Buddhist Center.  

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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The Practice of the Wild: Essays Cover Image
By Gary Snyder, Robert Hass (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781640094215
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Published: Counterpoint - September 8th, 2020

Ceremony: (Penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129462
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 18th, 2016