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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 Ohio Northern University
      525 S. Main Street , Ada OH 45810
      February 9, 2015, 11:30 am

      Janisse Ray will speak at Ohio Northern University from Feb. 9-13 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Janisse's visit will include a writing workshop, two campus discussions on sustainability, and a public reading.

    • Janisse Ray at Miami University
      501 East High Street, Oxford OH 45056
      February 17, 2015, 4:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will give a lecture at Miami University on Tuesday, February 17th titled, "Being Human in Wild Times." This lecture will begin at 4:00 PM in the MacMillan Hall Great Room and will be followed by a reception.

    • Janisse Ray at Spring Garden Symposium
      100 College Station Drive , Macon GA 31206
      February 22, 2015, 8:30 am

      Janisse Ray will speak at the Spring Garden Symposium at the Macon campus of Middle Georgia State College on February 22nd. More information to come.

    • Janisse Ray at Spencer Environmental Lecture Series
      Columbus Museum, Columbus GA
      March 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak as part of the Spencer Environmental Lecture Series at the Columbus Museum on March 5, 2015. The talk is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy Georgia.

    • Janisse Ray at Statesboro Area Garden Clubs
      First Baptist Church, Statesboro GA
      March 19, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak to the Statesboro Area Garden Clubs at the First Baptist Church on March 19. More details to come...

    • Janisse Ray at Environmental Educators of Georgia
      350 Rock Eagle Road , Eatonon GA 31024
      March 20, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will speak at the 2015 Environmental Educators Alliance of Georgia's Annual Conference at Rock Eagle 4 H Center in Eatonon, GA. More information to come!

    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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