Terry Tempest Williams

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**Early Life, Education, and Work:**
– Born in Corona, California, to Diane Dixon Tempest and John Henry Tempest, III.
– Father served in the United States Air Force in Riverside, California.
– Grew up near the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah.
– Exposed to radiation from Nevada Test Site atomic testing.
– Worked as a teacher, curator, and naturalist-in-residence.

**Writing Career:**
– Published ‘The Secret Language of Snow’ in 1984.
– Authored ‘Pieces of White Shell,’ ‘Between Cattails,’ and ‘Coyotes Canyon.’
– Released memoir ‘Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place’ in 1991.
– Edited ‘Testimony: Writers Speak On Behalf of Utah Wilderness’ in 1995.
– Writing featured in prominent publications like The New Yorker and The New York Times.

**Activism:**
– Spoke about the impact of the BP oil spill.
– Expressed solidarity with Kate Kelly for equal rights in the LDS Church.
– Participated in the ‘Keep It in the Ground’ movement.
– Attended federal auction to purchase oil and gas leases in Utah.
– Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2019.

**Recognition and Honors:**
– Received honorary doctorate from the University of Utah in 2003.
– Co-founded the University’s Environmental Humanities master’s degree program.
– Featured in PBS documentaries ‘The West’ and ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.’
– Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School.
– Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2019.

**Current Work and Projects:**
– Teaches courses at Harvard Divinity School.
– Working on establishing The Constellation Project.
– Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.
– Divides time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
– Focuses on the intersection of sciences and spirituality.

Terry Tempest Williams (born 8 September 1955), is an American writer, educator, conservationist, and activist. Williams' writing is rooted in the American West and has been significantly influenced by the arid landscape of Utah. Her work focuses on social and environmental justice ranging from issues of ecology and the protection of public lands and wildness, to women's health, to exploring humanity's relationship to culture and nature. She writes in the genre of creative nonfiction and the lyrical essay.

Terry Tempest Williams
Born (1955-09-08) 8 September 1955 (age 68)
Corona, California
OccupationAuthor, educator
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A. degree in English with a minor in biology
MSc. in environmental education
Alma materUniversity of Utah
Subjectsecology
wilderness preservation
women's health
LDS Church
Years active1985–present
SpouseBrooke Williams (m. 1975)
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