Academy of American Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield praised his selection, saying:
"Gary Snyder has brought to American poetry a lyric poem whose subjects and views are objectively epic. His words look into the world and our human lives with acuity, affection, and the ethics of a ten-thousand-year perception. They have altered and marked both how we know and how we say."
Nominated and elected by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors