Terry Tempest Williams

Writer and Environmentalist
  • 2006Winter
  • 2010Winter

Terry Tempest Williams is an author, environmentalist, educator, and activist. Her writing is anchored in the American West and addresses a variety of issues from ecology and environmental preservation to women’s health and politics. Her highly acclaimed book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, chronicles the epic rise of the Great Salt Lake and the flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, at the time of her mother’s struggle with ovarian cancer. The cancer was thought to be the result of nuclear testing the Nevada desert in the l950s. She has also written An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldDesert QuartetLeap, Red: Passion and Patience in the DesertThe Open Space of Democracy, and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Refuge received the Evans Biography Award from Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies and the Mountain & Plains Booksellers’ Reading the West Book Award for creative nonfiction. Williams’ work has also been published in a variety of publications including The New Yorker, Orion, and The New York Times.

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