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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 Chicago Botanic Garden
      1000 Lake Cook Rd , Glencoe IL
      May 2, 2014, 9:00 am

      Janisse will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2014 Forum on Ethics and Nature, to be held May 2nd at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    • Janisse Ray at Severson Dells Nature Center
      8786 Montague Rd, Rockford IL
      May 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Janisse will give a reading of "The Seed Underground" at the Severson Dells Nature Center on May 3 @ 7pm. Copies will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.

    • Janisse Ray at the Henderson Library Farm-to-Table Dinner
      1400 Southern Dr., Statesboro GA
      June 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

      Janisse will be the featured speaker at the Henderson Library Farm-to-Table Dinner on June 19 @ 6:30pm. Please contact Bede Mitchell for additional details and to save your spot: [email protected]

    • Janisse Ray at Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay
      Connecting for Change Conference, New Bedford MA
      October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Janisse Ray will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Connecting for Change: Bioneers by the Bay Conference in New Bedford, MA on October 24-26. More details 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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