Lois Snyder Hennessy Papers

Biography

Lois (Wilkie) Snyder Hennessy was born in Washington State. She married Harold Alton Snyder. They had two children, one of which, Gary Snyder, was born on May 8, 1930, in San Francisco, California.

Gary Snyder earned his B.A. from Reed College in anthropology and literature in 1951, attended Indiana University that same year, then studied Oriental languages from 1953 to 1956 at the University of California, Berkeley. He married Alison Gass in 1950 (divorced, 1951); married Joanne Kyger (a poet) in 1960 (divorced, 1964); married Masa Uehara, August 6, 1967 (divorced); married Carole Koda, April 28, 1991. Children: from his third marriage are Kai and Gen. He is a Buddhist of the Mahayana-Vajrayana line, and belongs to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Snyder worked as a seaman, logger, trail crew-member, and forest lookout from 1948 to 56. Since 1959, he has been a poet and translator. A lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1964 to 65, he became a professor at the University of California, Davis, in 1985 to the present. Snyder has also been a visiting lecturer at numerous universities and writing workshops. He was a member of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in1972, and a former chair of the California Arts Council.