Terry Tempest Williams is an award winning author, activist, conservationist, and all around just awesome woman, who’s award winning career filled with making us feel comfortable, calm, and in a constant mode of discovery have helped mold her into one of the true female role models of our time. Here is an excerpt just written about her from “The Daily Beast” which really sums her up beautifully:
“Williams has loyal readers. Her lectures and readings—held in far corners and small towns as well as distinguished, big-city venues—are always packed. Why? Because she’s the kind of writer who makes a reader feel that his voice might also, one day, be heard. Why? Because she cancels out isolation: connections are woven as you sit in your chair reading—between you and the place you live, between you and other readers, you and the writer. Without knowing how it happened, your sense of home is deepened reading her work, dug out, the soil pressed down around you as if you were a plant the author promised to water. It’s the strangest thing.”
Here is what is written Oprah’s Magazine “O” when Terry was just named to the magazine’s “First Ever Power List”
“Terry Tempest Williams writes with intelligence, eloquence, and compassion about issues as disparate as nuclear testing, species extinction, genocide in Rwanda, and the need to preserve the American wilderness. A fifth-generation Utah Mormon and natural historian, she is also a survivor of the government’s 1950s and ’60s atomic testing in the desert Southwest. A tireless advocate of social justice, she has twice testified before Congress about women’s health and the link between environmental toxins and cancer. Her friend and fellow writer Rick Bass puts her passion in perspective…
When I think of Terry I think of the great calm she can access in times of deep crisis. I think of the time she found herself housed in an Idaho jail and passed the night writing and reading with her spellbound meth-addict cellmates. Terry spent that night in jail because she had more important things to do than renew her driver’s license or auto plates or insurance or any of it, so that when she got stopped it was straight to the clinker, the one place she least wanted to be—but also, on that particular night, the one place she most needed to be. All night long her reading of those women’s words, and her own, calmed them, somehow reminded them of a calm each had once known but lost.
Possessing a healthy but hidden temper, a disdain for abuses of authority, and an aggravating streak of perfectionism, Terry writes from equal parts outrage and love. She is human enough to be part of the world (though she is not exactly of it). And she is the one, more than any other, whom I would pick to save it.”
Her new book “When Women Were Birds” is remarkable because it is a journal of self discovery after her Mom’s death and then opening the completely blank journals that her Mother had asked her to read once she died. The interview below will explain what happens from there, but it is truly remarkable just like the woman writing the book that I had the honor of chatting with..Terry Tempest Williams is truly one of the greatest and most wonderful women I have ever met, and her serene energy and depth of soul is unlike anything you can ever imagine. Enjoy Kade Nation!