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Terry Tempest Williams

Natural History, Ecological Justice and the Hour of Land

Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.  A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. "So here is my question," she asks,  "what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?"

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge:  An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger:  Stories from the FieldDesert Quartet; LeapRed:  Passion and Patience in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; Finding Beauty in a Broken World and When Women Were Birds.  Her latest book, titled The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks (May 2016) honors the centennial of the National Park Service.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen.  She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Ms. Williams received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation.

Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She and her husband, Brooke Williams live in the desert and mountains of the American West

“At the heart of all [Williams’] work— as a writer, a naturalist, and a crusader for protection of the nation’s wilderness...the common theme is restoration: restoring our connection to the land, to the sacred, and to each other.”
Utne Reader