Plenary Session Thursday, October 17 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," one who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. She is a naturalist, a memoirist, a poet, an essayist, a facilitator and a teacher. She is also a fierce advocate—for democracy, civic engagement and citizen action, the environment, free speech, women's health issues and more.
To get a sense of the values, perspectives and experience Terry Tempest Williams brings to us, consider reading some of her work in advance. This summer, NASAA staff has read The Open Space of Democracy, Refuge, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women Were Birds. If you have time to read just one, we recommend Finding Beauty in a Broken World because it touches on many of the major themes she addresses in all her work.
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 Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, was published in 2012.
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. In 2009, Williams was featured in Ken Burns's PBS series on the national parks.
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 voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Wyoming Arts Council THANKS! Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources THANKS! WESTAF THANKS! National Museum of Wildlife Art THANKS! Dancers' Workshop THANKS! The William D. Weiss Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole THANKS! Bruce Richardson and Susan Stanton THANKS! National Endowment for the Arts THANKS!