March 5: Visiting Writers Reading Series: Terry Tempest-Williams

Where: Cordiner Hall

When: Thursday, March 5, 7:00 PM


Terry Tempest-WilliamsAward-winning author Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist and advocate for environmental issues, will give a free public lecture and reading from her newest book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World,” at 7 p.m. March 5 at Whitman College’s Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park.

Williams, whose writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine and numerous anthologies worldwide – and is considered a voice for ecological consciousness and social change – received the Robert Marshall Award in 2006 from The Wilderness Society, the society’s highest honor given to an American citizen.  She also has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award.

Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place;” “An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field;”  “Desert Quartet;” “Leap;”  “Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert;” and “The Open Space of Democracy”.

She is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Her talk is part of Whitman’s Visiting Writers Series, which annually brings noted authors to the campus. It is also supported by a generous anonymous as well as funding from the Environmental Studies program and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Find the 2009 lineup at:

For more information, contact Katrina Roberts, associate professor of English and director of Whitman’s Visiting Writers Series, at 527-5186.

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