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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 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 Ray at Auburn Writers Conference
      241 S College St. , Auburn AL 36830
      October 16, 2015, 12:00 pm

      On October 16th and 17th, Janisse Ray will be at the Auburn Writer's Conference at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center in Alabama. This year's conference will focus on Literary Harvests: Creativity and Sustainability.

    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.

    Pinhook

    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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