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Revisiting The Poetry Of Margaret Pettis On Thursday's Access Utah

Herald Journal

Today Margaret Pettis will join us to talk about her new book of poetry titled “In the Temple of the Stars.” Her previous collection “Chokecherry Rain,” won the Utah State Poetry Society book award. 

Margaret Pettis taught middle school at South Cache Freshman Center in Hyrum until her 2015 retirement. During those years she was awarded the 2006 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education, the 2006 PTA Golden Apple Award, the title of English Teacher of the Year by the Utah Council of Teachers of English, and many times earned her school's Teacher of the Year award. She volunteered as an English teacher for state inmates incarcerated in the Cache County Jail and for thirty years edited three statewide wilderness publications. 

As a wildlife activist, she wrote many articles for local and regional conservation publications on the topics of wilderness, black bears, and respect for the natural world. Her illustrated narratives ran frequently in the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, Ogden Standard Examiner and Herald Journal. She taught workshops for the Stokes Nature Center, Audubon chapters, and the Utah Wilderness Association.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.