Workshop Leaders

Janisse Ray is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and most recently The Seed Underground, which has won many awards. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. Her work has been translated into French and Turkish. Janisse lives on an organic farm in southern Georgia where she is a seed saver, slow-food cook, tender of farm animals, gardener, and community organizer. In 2015 she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Holly Haworth is a recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. She has written about lightning bugs, crickets, the detriments of artificial night lighting, medicinal plants, sacred trees, cerulean warblers, and urban creeks, and reported on gas pipelines, mountaintop removal and coal ash spills. She is a certified Southern Appalachian Naturalist. Her work appears in such places as The Oxford AmericanEarth Island JournalFlycatcherParabolaVQR, and at NPR’s OnBeing blog. She earned an MFA at Hollins University, where she was a Jackson Fellow.

Special Guest, Rick Van Noy, author of A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature through the Season and professor at Radford University, will offer a short nature walk to search for morels.