(photo by Ted C. Brummond)
Naturalist, Writer, Environmental Activist
In 2006, Ms. 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.
Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. 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 divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah and Moose, Wyoming.
Terry Tempest Williams
"I write through my biases of gender, geography, and culture. I am a woman whose ideas have been shaped by the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau; these ideas are then filtered through the prism of my culture, and my culture is Mormon. These tenets of family and community which I see at the heart of that culture are then articulated through story." Such story vibrates in her well-known book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (Pantheon, 1991), which explores the 1983 epic rise of Great Salt Lake and flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge concurrently with the events surrounding her mother's diagnosis with ovarian cancer, believed to be caused by radioactive fallout from nuclear tests in Nevada in the 1950's and 60's. This work is now regarded as a classic in American Nature Writing, a testament to loss and the earth's healing grace. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "There has never been a book like Refuge ...utterly original."
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