Community and the Western Landscape

Terry Tempest Williams (1959? -  )



  • Born in Nevada c. 1959.
  • Attended Teton Science School and the University of Utah (B.A., English; M.A. Environmental Education).


  • Prolific writer of nature books for children and adults.
  • Serves as naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History.
  • Taught at the Navajo reservation in Montezuma Creek.
  • Received the Children's Science Book Award from the New York Academy of Sciences for The Secret Language of Snow.

Major Writings

The Secret Language of Snow (1984), with Ted Major
Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajo Land (1984)
Between Cattails (verse for children) (1985)
Coyote's Canyon (1989)
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (1992)
The Graywolf Annual Ten:  Changing Community (1993)
Stone Time, Southern Utah: A Portrait and  Meditation (1994)
Atomic Ghost:  Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995)
Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape (1995)
An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field (1995)
Sacred Land of the Southwest (1996)
Testimony: Writers in Defense of the Wilderness (1996)
A Love That is Wild (in press)

Critical Sources and Reviews

  • New York Times Book Review, September 4, 1994 (in online archives)
    "Mother Earth" by John Hanson Mitchell.  A review of Williams' An Unspoken Hunger.
  • Print Reviews:   Belles Lettres, winter 1991-92; Bloomsbury Review, December 1991; Women's Review of Books, March 1992; June 1995.

Retired Discussion Series

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