Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams

Board Member
Center for Humans & Nature

For most of his life Brooke Williams has been passionate about the wild world. Earlier, this meant skiing and climbing in some of the great mountains of America, wandering the cliffs and canyons of the Colorado Plateau or naturalizing in some of the planet’s last great Edens. Lately, during long solo walks he’s discovered his own vast and complex inner wilderness. He writes in an effort to understand the importance of inner and outer wildness in modern life. Read Brooke’s thoughts on re-enchantment on his website.

Years ago, after encouragement from his mentor, the great teacher, William Kittredge, Brooke realized that the one story he would tell over and over again for the rest of his life would be this: “We live in bodies that are largely unchanged since the Pleistocene, trying to make them work in a world which is vastly different from the one for which evolution designed us. Perhaps acknowledging this is a big step toward solving some of our current problems.” Brooke’s ‘one story’ appears in various forms in dozens of stories and articles, and five books including Halflives: Reconciling Work and WildnessOpen Midnight, and his latest, Mary Jane Wild: Two Walks and a Rant. His passion for wildness has informed the conservation work he’s done, formally and informally for over four decades, most recently with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Brooke has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke live with their dog, Winslow, and two cats near Moab, Utah, where they raise rabbit brush and sage, and too much cheatgrass, watch light, and wait for rain.

Photo by Dan Schrag.


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