Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams is the author of seventeen books focusing on an ethic of place, including the classic in environmental literature Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Her most recent book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. Williams has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in creative nonfiction and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has been anthologized worldwide. She is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband.
As Westerners, we take our public lands seriously. We know they are our birthright as American citizens. They are the lands we graze, mine, drill, frack, log, wander in and recreate on. They are also the lands we recognize as our national forests, seashores, wetlands, national parks and wildlife refuges. Breathing spaces, I call them, in a society increasingly holding its breath.
Some of my favorite people on earth are in this book,
Dear writers and grand spirits.