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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 has also published several books, including Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert (2001), Refuge, and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.

The Glorious Indifference of Wilderness

The original home of the human spirit has an infinite capacity to restore and renew us.

What Love Looks Like

An activist hero incarcerated for his nonviolent civil disobedience discusses the seeds of resistance and the opportunities presented by a world in disrepair.

The Gulf Between Us

Oil spill stories from the Gulf Coast that underscore one thing: this moment belongs to us all.
Accompanied by an audio slide show including extra images, narrated by photographer J Henry Fair.

Healing Rwanda

On land steeped in blood and stories, Rwandans work to forgive, but not to forget.

A Season of Remembrance

The disappearing American Elm.


With a foreign policy run amok, the coming election offers a chance to question the simplistic view that what is good for business is good for humanity. Last in a three-part series.

Ground Truthing

The jagged heart of the Arctic refuge lies at the confluence of miracle and mystery. Terry Tempest Williams seeks out the soul of true democracy in part two of a three-part series.


In a landscape cultivated by fear and lies, with language martyred to the cause of patriotism, how do we redefine the process of democracy?

Bearing Witness

Terry Tempest Williams takes a look at how the Bush-Cheney energy plan plays out in wildlands adjacent to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.