“Writing is also about a life engaged. And so, for me, community work, working in the schools or with grassroots conservation organizations is another critical component of my life as a writer. I cannot separate the writing life from a spiritual life, from a life as a teacher or activist or my life intertwined with family and the responsibilities we carry within our own homes. Writing is daring to feel what nurtures and breaks our hearts. Bearing witness is its own form of advocacy. It is a dance with pain and beauty.” ― Terry Tempest Williams
Born in California on Sept. 8, 1955, author, conservationist, and activist Williams focuses her writing on the American West, influenced by the arid landscape of her adopted state of Utah. Her work ranges from issues of ecology and wilderness preservation to women's health.
A professor at the University of Utah, she is recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award from the Center of the American West at CU-Boulder. To read one of the great pieces of creative nonfiction, pick up a copy of her memoir, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, a masterpiece of interweaving memoir and natural history.
“Creativity,” Williams said, “involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
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