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Conservationist and nature writer Terry Tempest Williams presents talk April 18

Williams_t.jpgBOONE—Terry Tempest Williams will speak Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center’s Helen Powers Hall at Appalachian State University.

“An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams: Conservationist and Nature Writer” will be facilitated by interviewer Joseph Bathanti, an award-winning author and a professor of creative writing at Appalachian. Williams’ talk is part of the University Forum Series and co-sponsored by the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. Her talk is free and open to the public.

A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, Williams has consistently shown the public how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic “Refuge – An Unnatural History of Family and Place,” “An Unspoken Hunger – Stories from the Field,” “Desert Quartet,” “Leap,” “Red – Passion and Patience in the Desert” and “The Open Space of Democracy.”

Williams is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah and winner of Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society. Additional information is available at

She has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.  Williams has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.