Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who 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. She will do a reading and conversation about her writing at 7:30 p.m. April 24 at Robert W. Rhoades Center, Venango College. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, 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"; and "The Open Space of Democracy."
In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, its highest honor given to an American citizen. The Community of Christ International Peace Award was presented in 2011 to Williams in recognition of significant peacemaking vision, advocacy and action.
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 and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Her new book is "When Women Were Birds."
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