Terry Tempest Williams

Air Dates: April 1-3, 2017

Quote:“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” -- Terry Tempest Williams

This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is award-winning author, conservationist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams. Williams' writing is rooted in the American West and ranges from issues of ecology and wilderness preservation to women's health to exploring our relationship to culture and nature.

Williams is the author of fifteen books, among them "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks," "When Women Were Birds," "Refuge,” and “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.”

Among her many awards and honors, Williams has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction and the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction; the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society (their highest honor given to an American citizen); and the Wallace Stegner Award from the Center for the American West.

In 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Williams received the Sierra Club's John Muir Award for Leadership in American Conservation. Williams was also featured in the Ken Burns PBS series NATIONAL PARKS.

Additional Quotes from Terry Tempest Williams:“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”

“Our National Parks are breathing spaces in a society increasingly holding its breath”

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn, and to sing at dusk, was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.”