Terry Tempest Williams: Our Public Lands


Author, teacher and activist Terry Tempest Williams will present on Thursday, October 13, at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY.

Tickets for Terry Tempest Williams are available here.

Acclaimed writer, activist and teacher Terry Tempest Williams will present an ode to the complexity and continuity of our public lands, as exemplified by our national parks and monuments and as captured in her new book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.

The Hour of Land has been longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and PlaceAn Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldDesert QuartetLeapRed: Patience and Passion in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.

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. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

In 2009, Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. She is also the recipient of the 2010 David R. Brower Conservation Award for activism. The Community of Christ International Peace Award was presented in 2011 to Williams in recognition of significant peacemaking vision, advocacy and action.

Williams’ writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

Williams was recently in the news for her purchase, with her husband, Brooke Williams, of leasing rights to 1,120 acres of federal public lands near their home in Utah.

The purchase was made, she wrote in a March 29 essay in The New York Times, “to shine a light on the auctioning away of America’s public lands to extract the very fossil fuels that are warming our planet and pushing us toward climate disaster.”



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