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The Foundation sponsors events and publishes material designed to preserve and extend the cultural and literary legacy of Robinson Jeffers, poet of California.

 

 

 

The Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a nonprofit organization of volunteer members established in 1978 to acquire, maintain and provide for public access to Tor House, Hawk Tower and the surrounding gardens. 

 

       

 

 

In memoriam - Alex Vardamis

 

Alex A. Vardamis passed away on July 9, 2014.  He was born on September 10, 1934.  He was a Jeffers Scholar, Trustee, Docent and Past President of the Tor House Foundation.  He was awarded the prestigious Tor House Foundation Hawk Award.  Internment will take place at the U. S. Military Academy West Point, New York on September 12 with Military Honors.  A complete obituary is available at the Monterey Herald website.

 

Save the Date - Tor House Fall Festival October 3 - 5

 

The theme for this year's Fall Festival is "Jeffers and the Wilderness".  In association with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Speakers include:  Rob Kafka, James Karman, Ventana Wilderness Alliance Panel with Vicky Hoover, Boon Hughey, Tom Killion, Chris Lorenc, Lindsay Jeffers and Mike Splain.  Photographs from "Julian P. Graham Historical Photographic Collection" with Curator Barbara Briggs-Anderson.

 

Friday, October 3, 5 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 4
Sunday morning October 5
Sunset Celebration at Tor House 
Seminars at Carmel Women's Club
Poetry Walk

Watch this site for final details.

 

2014 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry

 

The 2014 Poetry Prize winners have been selected.  Click here for details.

 

Tor House Spring Poetry Series

Check out the Spring Poetry Series on our Events page.

  An Introduction to Jeffers

Tor House docent Lucas Seastrom has produced an introductory film about Jeffers for poet Jimmy Santiago Baca to use at his speaking events.  Many people at Tor House helped with its production.  You can view it on YouTube at this link.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Robinson Jeffers -

The Poet Is Dead Broadside

 
A eulogy by William Everson for Jeffers.  Etching of Tor House in snow by Tom Killion (www.TomKillion.com).  Printed on handmade paper by Peter and Donna Thomas, Santa Cruz. 11x15, limited edition of 50 prints, $80 each (includes tax) to benefit Tor House Foundation. 

After Jeffers passed in 1962, William Everson, along with many other followers of Jeffers' work, were asked to write elegies to the poet and his life's work.  Bill Everson, a devoted follower of Jeffers wrote "The Poet is Dead" as his tribute.  This commemorative broadside presents the first three stanzas of the poem.  The second stanza was added a few years later to emphasize the environment surrounding the night of Jeffers passing:

 

Snow on the headland,

Rare on the coast of California. 

Snow on Point Lobos,

Falling all night,

Filling the creeks and the back country,

The strangely beautiful

Setting of death.

 

These lines were used by the artist Tom Killion to depict Tor House (and in another etching, Pt Lobos) in snowfall.  This aspect of the poem underlines Jeffers' tight association with the environment of his home in Carmel, California. 

 

Peter Thomas was commissioned by Tor House Foundation to print the broadside.  Peter worked directly with Everson at Lime Kiln Press at UCSC on the monumental book Granite and Cypress, a fine art book tribute to Jeffers poetry.  Peter later printed a limited edition book of The Poet is Dead for Everson, from which this broadside is inspired. 

 

You may purchase the broadside directly from Tor House when you visit. Or contact Tor House Docent and Photography Archivist Alan Stacy at astacy@haiku-productions.com for more information or to purchase a print by mail. $80 plus shipping.  Prints 1 - 19 are sold.

Video

The Tor House Foundation just received a digitally remastered 1967 Robinson Jeffers Documentary video link from Alex Cherian, Film Archivist from the SF Bay Area TV Archive to view.  The publicly available film link Rhapsody & Requiem - The Life of Robinson Jeffers is now available to view online at diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/189961.  This is a digitally remastered KPIX-TV 1967 documentary film about Robinson Jeffers: Rhapsody & Requiem - The Life of Robinson Jeffers.  This online video is best viewed on the full screen mode of your computer.  It is a very fascinating video.

On-Line Bookstore

Our publications include several which are available only from the Tor House bookstore.  Other merchandise for sale includes Jeffers-related CDs, DVDs, note cards and works of art.

A Tor House Exclusive - Tor House is pleased to announce the re-issuing of The Stone Mason of Tor House by Melba Berry Bennett.

Melba Berry Bennett won the affection of both Jeffers and Una and after Una's death became Jeffers' secretary and worked with him until the end of his life.  The result is a biography rich in detail and true to its subject.  Jeffers did not reveal himself often to others, so his and Una's friendship with Bennett represented an unusual opportunity for Bennett to produce an authoritative, sensitive portrait of the poet.

This handsome edition, with slipcase, is available exclusively through the Tor House Bookstore, including at our online store.

Mission

The mission of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation is:

  • To preserve Tor House, Hawk Tower and their collections

  • To promote the literary and philosophical legacy of Robinson Jeffers for the enrichment and enlightenment of the public

  • To serve the community as a cultural resource

(Adopted by the Board of Trustees, March 1998)

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