Janisse Ray is a writer, activist, and naturalist who has authored five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. She is visiting professor at numerous universities, most recently the University of Montana as the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer. Her translated work has been published in France and Turkey.
In case you missed it, here's the essay from The Bitter Southerner on stopping coal ash from coming to Broadhurst, a ghost town near Jesup, Ga. Photos by Fred Bennett.
UPCOMING READINGS & TALKS
Feb. 18-20 Savannah, GA -- Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture Conference. Fee. http://www.gacoast2016.org/
February 23 Rome, GA -- Reading, 7:30, College Chapel, Berry College.
March 2 Vidalia, GA -- DAR Meeting in Vidalia. Private.
March 24 Douglas, GA -- South Georgia State College, 7 p.m., free and open to the public.
April 14-16 Grand Rapids, MI -- Festival of Faith & Writing, Calvin College. Fee. http://festival.calvin.edu/
April 21-22 Roanoke, VA -- Hollins University http://events.nbcconnecticut.com.eventful.com/roanoke/events/janisse-ray-author-ecologyofacrackerchildhood-/E0-001-089751608-3
April 23 Radford, VA -- Writing from the Center: An Earth Day Writing Workshop at Selu Conservancy, 9-5, with Holly Haworth and Rick Van Noy $155 https://writingfromthecenter.wordpress.com/
April 24 Meadowview, VA -- The Stories to Sustain Us: A Writing Workshop at Harvest Table Restaurant, 10-2, with Holly Haworth. $65, includes farm-to-table Sunday brunch (Contact wildfire1491 @ yahoo.)
April 27 Augusta, GA -- Augusta University, 2:30 (Contact Jim Minick, jminick @ radford.edu)
April 30 Ellijay, GA -- Georgia ForestWatch's Wild and Woolly Festival, 2-5 p.m.
June 9-12 Clayton, GA -- Weekend Writing Workshop at The Parker Ranch
Aug. 23 Cobbtown, GA -- Cobbtown Lions Club
Sept. 22 Thomasville, GA -- One Book, One Community https://www.facebook.com/onebookthomascounty/
Oct. 7-9 Acworth, GA -- Allatoona Book Festival http://www.acworthculturalarts.org/allatoona_writers_group.aspx
Oct. 15 Tavares, FL -- 5th Annual Wings & Wildflowers Birding Festival
Nov. 7 Athens, GA -- Georgia Writers Hall of Fame (introducing Brainard Cheney, who will be inducted posthumously)
Nov. 8 Reidsville, GA -- Daughters of the American Revolution
Feb. 2-3 State College, PA -- Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Winter Conference, Hope. Farm. Heal
Feb. 16 Darien, GA -- Lower Altamaha Historical Society
All readings are free & open to the public unless otherwise noted.
HER MOST RECENT BOOK --The Seed Underground
“A poetic, and always hopeful, book.”
—JOAN GUSSOW, author of This Organic Life
“If I get to feeling a little blue about our prospects, I’m liable to reach down one of Janisse Ray’s books just so I can hear her calm, wise, strong voice. This one’s my new favorite; a world with her in it is going to do the right thing, I think.”
—BILL MCKIBBEN , founder of 350.org and acclaimed author
“What a dream of a book—my favorite poet writing about my favorite topic (seeds)....If books can move you to love, this one does.”
—GARY PAUL NABHAN, editor of Renewing America’s Food Traditions
“This is an important book that should be required reading for everyone who eats.”
—BARRY ESTABROOK, author of Tomatoland
Friend Janisse Ray on FACEBOOK
"I really do think 'seed' captured an essence of the movement that doesn't get its due in mainstream media. What an amazing gift you've given to the movement!"
Daniel Parson, farmer & organizer, Parson's Produce
"I enjoy your writing immensely and have had the chance to hear you speak in person a number of times. You speak the truth and say the things I wish I could put into words. Thank you for all that you do, for all those you inspire and for speaking for those creatures and places that can't speak for themselves...."
"Hey, Janisse. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed The Seed Underground. I have a farm in Gadsden County about 12 miles west of Tallahassee. You and I share old stomping grounds. My thing is to save chickens, not seeds, but your book provided much clarity on the way I view our farm's mission. And, of course, you write beautifully. Thanks for everything."
"Got a copy of your A HOUSE OF BRANCHES in Apalachicola. What beautiful lyric poetry. I have read a poem every morning for years and your book has brightened many days."
"The reason I am writing you, besides to tell you how incredible I think you are (which I have meant to do for some time now), is to ask you if you might be interested in marrying my fiancé and me?"
Be a Germinator, Not a Terminator
Behind Janisse in the photo to the right: Green Glaze collards, Running Conch cowpeas, Old-fashioned Running butterbeans, Moon & Stars watermelon, & Long County Longhorn okra.
Marketplace Interview with Kai Ryssdal
Find out more about The Seed Underground
A starred review in Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Review of The Seed Underground
Story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A note from a truckdriver--
"Finished A House of Branches sitting on the front porch in the sunshine this afternoon and "Grace Will Lead Us Home" is my favorite. More than my favorite. Feels as though you read my mind."
"I've started Drifting into Darien. You are such an amazing poet, with every sentence you write."
--Holly Haworth, writer, environmentalist & activist