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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 Creative Writing Workshop
      245 E Bay St, Jesup GA 31546
      January 10, 2015, 1:00 pm

      On January 10th, Janisse Ray will lead Writing Your Own Story: A Creative Writing Power Workshop in Jesup, GA. This workshop, sponsored by Wayne County Arts & Leisure, will run from 1-5 PM. Cost to attend is $25.

    • Janisse Ray at Creative Nonfiction Retreat
      895 Catherine T. Sanders Road , Reidsville GA 30453
      January 17, 2015, 10:00 am

      On January 17th, Janisse Ray will be at Mouth of a Great River: A Creative Nonfiction Retreat at Red Earth Farm in Reidville, GA. This all-day workshop will run from 10-5 PM and have a sliding scale fee of $75-100.

    • Janisse Ray at Native Plant Symposium
      2450 S. Milledge Ave. , Athens GA 30605
      January 21, 2015, 8:45 am

      Janisse Ray will be the keynote speaker at this year's Native Plant Symposium at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on January 21. The Symposium will take place in the Garden Club of Georgia Terrace Room and run from 8:45 AM until 3:30 PM.

    • Janisse Ray at the South Georgia Growing Local Conference
      4159 River Road , Valdosta GA 31605
      January 24, 2015, 9:00 am

      On Saturday, January 25th, Janisse Ray will speak at the South Georgia Growing Local Conference in Valdosta, GA. This all day conference will take place at the Pine Grove Middle School and focus on local foods, organic gardening, composting, pest control, homestead arts, backyard animals (chickens, goats, bees) and more.

    • Janisse Ray at NOFA NH Winter Conference
      NOFA NH Winter Conference, Concord NH
      January 31, 2015, 12:00 pm
    • 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'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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