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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 Columbus Museum
      1251 Wynnton Road , Columbus GA 31906
      March 5, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak as part of the Spencer Environmental Lecture Series at the Columbus Museum on March 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this free event.

    • Janisse Ray at Statesboro Area Garden Clubs
      First Baptist Church, Statesboro GA
      March 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak to the Statesboro Area Garden Clubs at the First Baptist Church on March 21st. More details to come...

    • Janisse Ray at Environmental Educators of Georgia
      350 Rock Eagle Road , Eatonon GA 31024
      March 20, 2015, 1:00 pm

      On March 20th, Janisse Ray will keynote at the 2015 Environmental Educators Alliance of Georgia's Annual Conference at Rock Eagle. This conference will take place at the 4 H Center in Eatonon, GA.

    • Janisse Ray at Hiwassee College
      225 Hiwassee College Dr. , Madisonville TN 37354
      March 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN from March 29-April 3 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. More information to come.

    • Janisse Ray at Washington County Public Library
      205 Oak Hill St., Abingdon VA 24210
      March 29, 2015, 3:00 pm

      Janisse Ray, author of “The Seed Underground” will speak Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 PM at the Washington County Public in Abingdon, VA.

    • 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'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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