Celebrating ROBINSON JEFFERS

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
When: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Doheny Memorial Library

    As California’s first great poet, Robinson Jeffers (1887–1962) blazed a trail
    through the literary world from his base in Carmel. His books, including
    Tamar and Other Poems (1924), Thurso’s Landing (1932), and Be Angry at
    the Sun
    (1941), explored his tempestuous relationship with both the natural
    and spiritual worlds.

    Celebrating Robinson Jeffers features discussions and presentations on
    Jeffers from the perspectives of literature, environmentalism, conservation,
    visual art, and science fiction. The panels and exhibition will explore Jeffers’
    relationship to the natural world, the book arts, and his literary pedigree
    in early 20th-century Los Angeles. Jeffers manuscripts and photographs,
    rarely seen by the public, will be on view.

    Jeffers’ roots extend across the Golden State. Before settling along the
    central California coast, he took an undergraduate degree at Occidental
    College in Eagle Rock and studied medicine at USC. His influence in literature
    and popular culture is seen in the works of poets Charles Bukowski and
    Adrienne Rich, writer Ursula K. Le Guin, photographer Ansel Adams, and
    even the recordings of the Beach Boys.

    FULL SCHEDULE:

    12:00 p.m. Welcome 
    Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, USC
    California Poet Laureate
    Catherine Quinlan, Dean of the USC Libraries
     
    12:10 p.m.  Recitations of Jeffers poetry by undergraduate students
     
    12:15 p.m. Lunchtime Presentation: The new Bibliography of Robinson Jeffers
    Michael Broomfield, author, His Place for Story: Robinson Jeffers: 
    A Descriptive Bibliography
    Introduced by Jesse Rossa, Triolet Books
     
    1:15 p.m. Presentation: Rare Jeffers Books, Manuscripts, and Photos
    Dale Ann Stieber, Special Collections Librarian, Occidental College
    Executive Director, Robinson Jeffers Association 
    Helena de Lemos, Special Collections Instruction and Research Librarian, Occidental College
    Claude Zachary, University Archivist, USC Libraries
     
    2:00 p.m. Lecture: Robinson Jeffers and the Natural World 
    Kim Stanley Robinson, novelist 
    Introduced by Devin Griffiths, Assistant Professor of English, USC
     
    3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Poetic Achievement of Robinson Jeffers 
    Geneva Gano, Professor, Texas State University
    President, Robinson Jeffers Association
    James R. Phillips, critic 
    Moderator: Rob Kafka, managing editor, Jeffers Studies
     
    4:00 p.m. Reception with light refreshments
     
    4:30 p.m. Keynote Lecture: The Young Robinson Jeffers: “Adrift in L.A.” 
    James Karman, Professor Emeritus, CSU Chico
    Jeffers biographer and editor 
    Introduced by Dana Gioia

    This event, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the
    USC Libraries, USC Phi Kappa Phi, Occidental College Library, the Robinson
    Jeffers Association, and the Tor House Foundation.