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Winter Speaker Series

Kick Off Event Details

Georgia writer, Janisse Ray, will open the
Winter speakers’ season for the
Friends of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge!


Topic:  How to Save the Earth
            (and Everything You Love)!


When:  January 16, 2020 at 7 pm

Where: Dixie Theater, Apalachicola, FL

Books will be available for purchase and signing. 



Janisse Ray - Books


Renowned Author, Janisse Ray’s first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, rocketed her onto the American literary scene in 1999.

Ecology, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the disappearing longleaf pine ecosystem, looks hard at
family, mental illness, poverty, and fundamentalist religion.


Wendell Berry called the book “well done and deeply moving.” The New York Times said of Ray, “The forests of the South find their Rachel Carson.”

Ray’s second book, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, was published in early 2003.

Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land, the story of a 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida, appeared in 2005.


Drifting into Darien, a personal and natural history of the Altamaha River, came out in 2011.

Her latest, on open-pollinated seeds and the global food supply, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food  (Chelsea Green), published in 2012 to wide acclaim.


Ray has also published a collection of poetry and edited many other books. Janisse co-edited (with Susan Cerulean and Jim Wohlpart) UnSpoiled: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast, on the occasion of the BP oil spill
in 2010.



Janisse Ray has been writer-in-residence at Hollins College, the University of Montana, the University of Mississippi, among others.

She has taught and lectured widely. Janisse lives on an organic farm with the artist
Raven Waters and their teenage daughter.

The Supporters of St. Vincent Island NWR
offer tours and other educational activities, and are devoted to increasing understanding of the history and natural environment of the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. 

Learn about our other events and tours >

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