Annual RJA Conference

2013, Charleston, SC: “Integrity is Wholeness: The Moral, Social and Aesthetic Implications of Jeffers’ Worldview.”
Keynote Reader and Address: Nikky Finney
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2012, Pacific Grove, CA: “Posthumous Reputation … The Only Kind Worth Considering”: Robinson Jeffers at 125.”
Keynote Address: Christopher Cokinos, Keynote Reader: Kim Addonizio
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2011, Long Beach, CA: “The Mid-Length Narratives”
Keynote Reader and Address: B.H. Fairchild
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2010,  Carmel, CA: “Robinson Jeffers and the Poetry of the West”
Keynote Address: Patricia Nelson Limerick, Director, Center of the American West, University of Colorado at Boulder, “Beyond Hope: Honest Gloom and Poetry’s Claim on the Western Soul”
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2009, Boulder, CO: “The Alpine Jeffers”
Keynote Address: Reg Saner, “God is Not God”
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2008, Aptos, CA: “Jeffers, Language, and Nature”
Keynote Address: David Mason, poet, Colorado College
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2007, Honolulu, HI: “Live the Life You Have Imagined”
Keynote Address: W.S. Merwin
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2006, Big Sur, CA: “Evolution, Revolution and Change: Social and Natural Forces in Jeffers’s Poetry”
Keynote Address: Scott Slovic, Prof of Literature and Environment, University of Nevada Reno, “Oh Lovely Slab: Jeffers, Stone Work, and the Locus of the Local”
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2005, Reno, NV: “Strong Music and Hard-edged Wisdom: Robinson Jeffers as Political Poet”
Keynote Address: Max Oelschlaeger
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2004, Carmel, CA: “Jeffers, Science, & the Natural & Cultural History of the Big Sur Region”
Keynote Address: Jeff Norman, biologist and Big Sur historian, “The Historical Models of Some of Jeffers’s Characters”
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2003, Flagstaff, AZ: “Directions in Environmentalism: Jeffers and Others”
Keynote Address: Gary Nabhan, Northern Arizona University, “The Whole Human Race Spends Too Much Emotion On Itself”
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2002, Palo Alto, CA: “Robinson Jeffers and the Poetry of California”
Keynote Address: Tim Hunt, Washington State University Editor, The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, “The Work of the Edition: Some Possible Lessons and Directions.”
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2001, Taos, NM: “Jeffers and the Circle of Mabel Dodge Luhan” and “Jeffers and Wilderness”
Keynote Address: Lois Rudnick, University of Massachusetts, Boston, author of Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds (1984) and Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture (1996)
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2000, Carmel, CA: “Jeffers and the Apocalypse”
Keynote Address: John Haines, “Welcome to Apocalypse: the Poet as Prophet”
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1999, Carmel, CA: “Poetry and Poetics after Jeffers”
Keynote Address: Mark Jarman, Vanderbilt University, “‘Slip, Shift, and Speed Up’: The Influence of Robinson Jeffers’ Narrative Syntax”
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1998, Carmel, CA
Keynote Address: Dana Gioia
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1997, Carmel, CA
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1996, Carmel, CA
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1994, Carmel, CA: “Robinson Jeffers and the Environment
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