The Writer As Witness

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks, and speaks out eloquently, on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.  A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.  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 wilderness regions of Utah and Alaska and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.  She is known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, and is the author of numerous environmental literature classics. Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.