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Raised among the forests and mountains of the Pacific North west, Snyder kindled his passion for the environment at an early age - a passion that would ultimately distance him from the Beat movement at its very beginnings. Snyder tempered his love of nature with stints of physical labor as a trail builder, logger, and firewatcher. Pursuing his interests in Zen Buddhism and Asian culture, Snyder accepted a scholarship from the First Zen Institute of America to study in Japan only a year after his participation in the 1955 Six Gallery reading. This scholarship would send Snyder over seas for ten years, his involvement in the Beat movement eclipsed by his Zen Buddhist devotion and artistic exploration abroad. This traveling period of Snyder's life would see his first publications and contribute to his success as a Pulitzer Prize winning poet on his return.
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Larsen, Shay, "Gary Snyder" (2016). Beat Exhibit. 6.