“Robinson Jeffers and the Sacredness of Place.”
For this special 2018 Fall Festival conference, we are planning an intertwined dual-track theme: “Robinson Jeffers and the Sacredness of Place.” The first track is the recognition of the importance that place—land and sea—play in Jeffers’ poetry and his tight bonding to the spiritual nature of, as Professor Emeritus James Karman describes it, "the terroir, the spirit and inner life of the region—as revealed in its topography, its flora, fauna, and people." The second track will reveal how Jeffers' poems and philosophy of inhumanism inspire writers and artists today in their own works that reflect their Spirit of Place.
Friday, October 5 1–3 PM SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE TOUR OF TOR HOUSE
Limited to 16 guests, reservations required. Tickets $20 each. Tor House as a sacred place for Jeffers, with emphasis on Una’s contribution of music. The docent-led tour concludes with a recital performed by Melinda Coffey Armstead on Una's restored 1904 Steinway. Taelen Thomas and Robert Armstead will also perform.
$20 for Musical Performance Tour. Reservations required.
SUNSET CELEBRATION AT TOR HOUSE GARDENS
Friday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tor House Gardens, 26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel. Dramatic readings by Joyce Henderson and Taelen Thomas; music performed by Pauline Troia. Fine wines / hors d’oeuvres. Hawk Tower open.
$20 for Sunset Celebration. Reservations suggested.
Saturday, October 6 THE ROBINSON JEFFERS FESTIVAL
ROBINSON JEFFERS AND THE SACREDNESS OF PLACE
Presentations will take place at The Carmel Woman’s Club, San Carlos and 9th in Carmel.
Doors open at 8:30 AM. Continental Breakfast available to attendees.
MORNING PROGRAM – 9:OO AM TO 12:00 PM
Shelley Alden Brooks, Historian and Author.
JEFFERS COUNTRY: ROBINSON JEFFERS’ INFLUENCE ON BIG SUR
James Karman, Professor Emeritus, Chico State; Jeffers Biographer and Scholar.
David Rothman, Director: Creative Writing Grad Program: Western State Colorado U.
'THE PLACE FOR NO STORY': JEFFERS AND THE PARADOX OF NAMES
LUNCHEON 12:00–1:30 PM An opportunity to enjoy lunch on your own in Carmel.
AFTERNOON PROGRAM – 1:30 PM TO 5:00 PM
Joyce Henderson, Award-Winning Actress, Director and Producer
AN OPENING AND A CLOSING READING FROM JEFFERS
Fran Spector Atkins, Choreographer and Founder of Spector Dance
ROBINSON JEFFERS AND THE BODY’S SONG
Scott Slovic, Professor of English/Natural Resources & Society, University of Idaho.
SINGULARITY AND MEANING IN THE POETRY OF ROBINSON JEFFERS
Peter Quigley, Professor of English, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, Assoc. Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of Hawai’i Community College System.
ROBINSON JEFFERS AND THE 100-YEAR WAR ON BEAUTY
This year only: Saturday programs are underwritten by an NEH Chairman’s Grant. Entrance is FREE, but limited to 90 attendees. Reservations highly recommended.
Sunday October 7 ANNUAL JEFFERS POETRY WALK with Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts and Simon Hunt. Meet at 9:00 AM at Carmel River State Beach parking lot, Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel Point. Bring along favorite Jeffers-related poems, beverages and a brown bag lunch for a noontime picnic. No charge. Reservations suggested