I recently went to hear author Terry Tempest Williams speak at an Aspen Writer’s Foundation ‘Winter Words’ series at the Aspen Institute. She recently wrote a commissioned piece for Orion Magazine on the mess in the Gulf. Her speaking style, while gentle and thoughtful is imbued with her passion for the sanctity and preservation of the natural environment and the damage that mankind can do.
She was also promoting her newest book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, in which she tells the story of being invited to participate in the design and building of a memorial for the genocide survivors in Rwanda.
She lives near Moab, Utah, where I also have a home. I have heard her speak before and I’ve read some of her other well-known works about the desert west and it’s fragility and balance in within the mountain, basin and range provinces.