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Although never as flamboyant as some of his peers, Gary Snyder is as essential to the legacy of the beats as the recently departed William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism, which he studied for a time in Japan, the poet is known for his reverence for nature and his clear, simple language. Tonight’s reading marks the recent publication of Mountains and Rivers Without End, Snyder’s epic work about “geology, prehistory, and planetary mythologies.” The Pulitzer Prize winner will be introduced by his publisher, Jack Shoemaker of Washington’s Counterpoint Press.

At 8 p.m. at the Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. $10. (202) 544-7077. (MJ)