About the Non-Fiction Workshop…

The best essays you can write are going to spring from your relationship with place, because intrinsic in that relationship are chambers of feeling and layers of meaning that breathe life and passion into stories.  Place creates in artists the kind of tension that transfers to the work. Also, place is like a nut tree, always dropping stories at your feet. The challenge is to recognize the stories, because often they are too close, and then figure out how to what to do with them. That’s what we’ll be working on in this workshop: how to inhabit place (and time) so that you see the stories and then what to do with them when you do.  – Janisse Ray

About the author…

Janisse Ray (born 1962) is an American writer, naturalist and environmental activist. She was born on February 2 in Baxley, Georgia and attended North Georgia College, 1980–82; Florida State University, BA, 1984, and the University of Montana, MFA, 1997.Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, recounts her experiences growing up in a junkyard, the daughter of a poor, white, fundamentalist Christian family. The book interweaves family history and memoir with natural history writing—specifically, descriptions of the ecology of the vanishing longleaf pine forests that once blanketed much of the South. The book won the American Book Award, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern environment. It also was chosen for the “All Georgia Reading the Same Book” project by the Georgia Center for the Book.Ray’s second book, Wild Card Quilt, recounts her experiences of moving back home to Georgia with her son after attending graduate school in Montana. Her third book, Pinhook, tells the story of Pinhook Swamp, the land that connects the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and Osceola National Forest in Florida. Her fourth book, Drifting into Darien, published in 2011, describes her experiences on and knowledge about the Altamaha River, which runs from middle Georgia to the Atlantic Ocean at Darien. Ray published a book of poetry, A House of Branches, in 2010, and has been a contributor to Audubon, Orion and other magazines, as well as a commentator for NPR’s Living on Earth. An environmental activist, she has campaigned on behalf of the Altamaha River and the Moody Swamp. She teaches in the Chatham University Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.  More at https://janisseray.weebly.com/


Janisse Ray
Public Reading — Saturday, May 19
Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library
7:30 pm
Free Event