Terry Tempest Williams, author and environmentalist, will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, Williams explores how environmental issues are social issues and ultimately matters of justice. Her next book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, will be published in spring 2016 to honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Tempest is the author of 15 other books including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds. She is a columnist for The Progressive and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Orion Magazine, among others.
Williams has received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association, and the Wallace Stegner Award from The Center for the American West. She was also the recipient of the 2010 David R. Brower Conservation Award for activism. Williams has been a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow in creative nonfiction. Currently, Williams is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah.