“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. We are working to attract six guest speakers who are writers, artists, and humanities scholars to present at the Saturday “Jeffers Talks” taking place at the Carmel Women’s Center. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for details on the speakers.
The weekend will kickoff with the traditional Friday Sunset Celebration at Tor House from 5 - 7 with small bites and wine served as Jeffers' poems are performed in the garden and the Autumn sun sinks in the west. The weekend concludes with the free Beach Poetry Walk on Sunday morning.