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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. 

 

       

 

 

Spring Garden Party, Sunday May 7, 2 - 5 p.m.

At Tor house, 26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923, 831-624-1813.  Buy tickets at  

Vibrant Spring has arrived at Tor House and that means that the Annual Spring Garden Party is just around the corner.  Our annual open house is a special time for Jeffers’ fans to tour, relax and refresh in the gardens, home and amazing Hawk Tower perched over the Pacific at Carmel Point.

During the Garden Party at Tor House the blooming spring gardens will be filled with art, poetry and, especially music.  Justice Post, a student at MPC, and Jane Yang will be the featured pianists at the Steinway.  Local musicians, Grace Padgett, 1st Violin; Jane Yang, 2nd Violin; Henry Loh, Viola; and Jacob Hoadley, Cello, of the local Sea Otter Quartet will perform.  They are all students of Rose Marie Dunsford.  Sue Mudge from the Carmel Bach Festival is arranging for young brass players to play from the tower and outside the gates.  And, of course, Ed Jarvis will return.  His Hawk Tower performance on the bagpipes is always one of the highlights of the Garden Party. 

Beside music, there will be plein air painters, knowledgeable docents answering questions and reading poems and the opportunity to explore Tor House and Hawk Tower at your own pace.  Photography in Tor House and Hawk Tower is permitted only on this special day.  Tea, punch, and homemade nibbles will be served in the garden and in the Jeffers’ dining room.

Admission to the event is $15 per person.  Children must be over the age of ten.  Please, no pets of any age.  Weather is changeable this time of year so be prepared for bright sun, foggy breezes, or ocean mists.

 

Tor House Prize for Poetry Announcement 2017

 

The 2017 Prize for Poetry Announcement, with rules and guidelines, is available on our Poetry Prize Page.

 

Library of America Partnership

 

The Tor House Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with Library of America.  Tor House will extend a 10% discount on admission for all card-carrying members of Library of America who visit Tor House and/or Hawk Tower.  Also, Library of America will provide a discount of 10% on the purchase of ANY Library of America volumes made via the LOA website, www.loa.org, to all of the Tor House board, staff, visitors, members and friends.  You can obtain the discount code required to take advantage of this offer from the Tor House Office, thf@torhouse.org.

 

 

News ...

More good news:  Trustee James Karman’s Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers has been awarded the Gold Medal for Notable Contribution to Publishing, presented by the Commonwealth Club of California, as part of its California Book Awards program.  Additionally, Tom Killion’s work California’s Wild Edge, which heavily features the poetry and story of Robinson Jeffers, won a Gold Medal in the Californiana category.

Donate to Tor House when you're shopping at Amazon.  Tor House is now on AmazonSmile!  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.  Here is the link to contribute to the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-2495236.

The Tor House Foundation is proud to announce that the Book Club of California has named Trustee James Karman as the 2016 recipient of the Oscar Lewis Award for Western History.  See details at www.bccbooks.org/programs/awards.

And ... here is  link to a new article about Jeffers by Jesse Rossa for The New Antiquarian:  www.abaa.org/blog/post/robinson-jeffers-more-than-just-a-california-poet.

 

New Honorary Trustee Dana Gioia

 

The Tor House Foundation is pleased to welcome Dana Gioia, the Poet Laureate of California, as an Honorary Member of our Board of Trustees.  For more information on his life and work, click here www.danagioia.com.

 

Wall Street Journal Review

 

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal's review of  Robinson Jeffers by James Karman.

 

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)

For more information on the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, our events and our organization, click on a link below.

 

 

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