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Janisse Ray

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed-saver, seed-exchanger, and seed-banker, and has gardened for twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Pinhook and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a New York Times Notable Book. Ray is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She has won a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry, a Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, an American Book Award, the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She attempts to live a simple, sustainable life on a farm in southern Georgia with her husband, Raven Waters.

Photo: Raven Waters

    Janisse's Upcoming Events

    • Janisse Ray at The Parker Ranch
      The Parker Ranch, 95 Parker Lane, Clayton GA 30525
      June 12, 2015, 10:00 am

      On June 12-14, Janisse Ray will give a a writing workshop at The Parker Ranch. Attendees are invited to submit a literary nonfiction manuscript (though this is not mandatory), which will have the chance to be reviewed by all participants. The cost of the workshop is $450 for residential attendees, and $350 for non-residential attendees. Lodging, breakfast and lunch are included in the residential cost. All rooms are double occupancy with private baths. Lunch is included for non-residential attendees. Space in the workshop is limited, sign up ASAP!

    • Janisse Ray at Climate and Conservation Congress
      698 Conservation Way , Shepherdstown WV 25443-4024
      June 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse will be at this year's Climate and Conservation Conference at the National Conservation Training Center. Cost for 8th to 11th grade students to attend is $850 before April 1st, and $950 before May 1st. The conference will run from June 21st to June 27th.

    • Janisse Ray at Tattnall County Library
      129 Tattnall St., Reidsville GA 30453
      August 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

      On August 20th, Janisse Ray will join the Shade Tree Readers Book Club for an event at Tattnall County Library in Reidsville, GA.

    • Janisse Ray at Hiwassee College
      225 Hiwassee College Dr. , Madisonville TN 37354
      September 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN on September 14, 2015.

    • Janisse Ray at Forest and Field Writing Workshop
      895 Catherine T. Sanders Road, Reidsville GA 30453
      October 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Join Janisse Ray for a long weekend workshop at Red Earth Farm in Reidsville, Georgia from October 9-11. Here’s a chance to write and study writing on a beautiful and authentic farm. Days begin with a country breakfast and proceed into classes on literary nonfiction, metaphor, scenes, and publishing. Includes field trips and all food. Cost to attend ranges with a sliding scale of $275-350.

    Janisse's Books

    The Seed Underground

    A Growing Revolution to Save Food

    A journey to the front lines of food sovereignty and the quiet revolution to secure our food supply -- one seed at a time.


    Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land

    Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land is a meditation on our fragmented wilderness, the power of wild places, and the ways we can begin to repair the damage we've done to the land and to ourselves.


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