Environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams to speak at Paul Smith's

PAUL SMITHS Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, now considered a classic in environmental literature, will present a lecture in the Adirondack Room of the Joan Weill Library at Paul Smiths College on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Williams, who was invited to speak by the Adirondack Center for Writing, will weave her writing with commentary on the importance of public lands. The evening is sponsored by Paul Smiths College. Williams is also author of Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navaholand; Coyotes Canyon; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap: A Meditation on Hieronymous Boschs Triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her new book Mosaic: Finding Beauty in a Broken World, will be published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. The Utne Reader named Williams one of its Utne 100 Visionaries and Newsweek has called her a person most likely to have a social and political impact on the American West. She has testified twice before Congress regarding the environmental links associated with cancer and is a strong proponent for Americas Redrock Wilderness. Having grown up within sight of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah, Terry Tempest Williams believes landscape shapes culture. I write through my biases of gender, geography and culture, she says. As a writer, she seeks to see the whole world, with all its paradoxes, humor and complexity. Her art form is storytelling where one remembers what it means to be human. Jennifer White, acting director for the Adirondack Center for Writing, says, Williams is not only an eloquent writer and speaker but also a passionate advocate for free speech. We are thrilled to be able to bring a writer of her caliber to the Adirondacks and grateful that Paul Smiths is hosting and sponsoring this event. In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. Terry Tempest 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. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah and Moose, Wyoming, where her husband Brooke Williams is the executive director of The Murie Center.

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