Author Event - Leslie Miller, Louise Excell, and Timothy Bywater
The editors and a contributing writer for "Reimagining a Place for the Wild" will read selections from their new book about the dynamic and complex relationship between humans and wild creatures in the Western United States. This event is supported by the St. George Chapter of Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
The Wasatch mountains shaped Leslie Miller's wilderness pursuits and community activism beginning in 1973. A leading advocate for open space conservation she served on the Park City Council while publishing the “Wasatch Mountain Time.” As a contributing writer for regional magazines, she explores historic and cultural topics of contemporary western landscapes. Miller organized the Reimagine Western Landscapes Symposium in Centennial Valley, Montana during her tenure on the University of Utah College of Humanities Partnership Board. Essays selected from Symposium presenters inspired the “Reimagining Western Landscapes," anthology.
Louise Excell is an emeritus professor of English and humanities at Dixie State University. A native Utahn, she lives in Springdale with her husband, landscape photographer David Pettit. She is on the board of directors of the Zion Canyon Mesa, served on the Springdale Town Council, and she is a former board member of Utah Humanities and the Virgin River Land Preservation Association.
Professor Timothy Bywater has taught English at Dixie State University for over 30 years. He served as Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences before taking his sabbatical as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. He worked many summers as a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park and is the past Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.