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Janisse Ray

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 The Seed Underground, 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.

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September 17th, 2015 - 9:00 am

Janisse Ray at Georgia College

Location: Georgia College & State University, 231 W. Hancock St., Milledgeville, GA, 31061 | Authors: Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray will be at Georgia College for the academic conference "Flannery O'Connor & Other Southern Women Writers," which is taking place September 17-19. Ray is the creative keynote speaker for the conference, and will be speaking at 8PM on September 19th. The registration fee for the conference is $99 if purchased before August 17th, and is $150 if purchased after August 17th.

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Category: Farm & Garden | Science, Nature & Environment
Format: Keynote 
Book: The Seed Underground - A Growing Revolution to Save Food 

October 9th, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Janisse Ray at Forest and Field Writing Workshop

Location: 895 Catherine T. Sanders Road, Reidsville, GA, 30453 | Authors: Janisse Ray

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.

Category: Farm & Garden | Science, Nature & Environment
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Seed Underground - A Growing Revolution to Save Food 

October 16th, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Janisse Ray at the Auburn Writers Conference

Location: 255 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL, 36849 | Authors: Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray will be at the Auburn Writers Conference, an annual gathering of writers and readers. The conference will be taking place October 16-17 at the Auburn University Student Center in Auburn, AL. This year, the conference's subject is "Literary Harvests: Creativity and Sustainability," and will be focusing on the enduring intersection of words and the dirt they grow from. Ray will be a keynote speaker for the conference, and will be speaking at 1:30PM on October 17th. This keynote will be free and open to the public. In addition, Ray will also be presenting a workshop titled "Truth & Reconciliation: Writing Creative Nonfiction," which will take place on October 16th at 1:30PM. Full registration to the conference is $100, though single-day options are also available.

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Category: Farm & Garden | Science, Nature & Environment
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Seed Underground - A Growing Revolution to Save Food 

October 23rd, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Janisse Ray at the Georgia Sierra Club Retreat

Location: Crooked River State Park, 6222 Charlie Smith Sr Hwy, St. Marys, GA, 31558 | Authors: Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Georgia Sierra Club Retreat, taking place October 23-25. The retreat will include chapter-led activities, as well as a range of other self-led activities. On-site lodging will be in tents, though other off-site lodging in St. Mary's is also available. The camping option is $115, the hotel option is $95 (for a 2-night stay), and the conference (including meals) is $95.

Category: Farm & Garden | Science, Nature & Environment
Format: Keynote 
Book: The Seed Underground - A Growing Revolution to Save Food 

October 29th, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Janisse Ray at the Central South Native Plant Conference

Location: 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL, 35223 | Authors: Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray will be a plenary speaker at this year's Central South Native Plant Conference, which is put on by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and will take place October 29-31. On October 29th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, Ray will be teaching a full-day, pre-conference workshop titled "A Garden of Stories: Write Your Life." In the course, participants will get a chance to focus on how to transform ideas into compelling, useful stories. Janisse will use writing prompts, brainstorming, and advice from her own career to fuel the day. The class will cover the basics of creative nonfiction, including memoir and legacy writing. Come prepared to write, with your favorite writing tools. On October 30th, Ray will give her plenary speech, "Thinking of Heirloom Varietals as Natives," from 11:15AM-12:15PM. Tickets to both the pre-conference and conference are $245 for members and $280 for nonmembers. Pre-conference, conference, and student tickets are also available.

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Category: Farm & Garden | Science, Nature & Environment
Format: Lecture 
Book: The Seed Underground - A Growing Revolution to Save Food 

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