Renowned author and environmental activist Janisse Ray will present a lecture and reading, "Leading by Example: Sustainability and Our Future," at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St.
The event is free and open to the public and is presented as part of Armstrong Atlantic State University's Leadership Lecture Series. For those unable to attend, the talk will be broadcast live on Armstrong's Ustream channel and archived for later viewing.
Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry.
She is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine.
Ray's first nonfiction book, "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood," is a memoir about growing up in a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast.
Besides being a plea to protect and restore the glorious pine flatwoods of the South, the book looks hard at family, mental illness, poverty and fundamentalist religion.
Ray's second book, "Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home," addresses the rural community and her third, "Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land," tells the story of a 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida.
"Drifting into Darien," a personal and natural history of the Altamaha River, was released in fall 2011, and her latest nonfiction work is on open-pollinated seeds, "The Seed Underground."
Ray has won the 2011 Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry, 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, the 2000 American Book Award, the 2000 Southern Environmental Law Award for Outstanding Writing and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award in 2000.
Savannah State University professor
of English B.J. Love is the latest speaker for the 2013 Gulfstream Spring Lecture Series. In "Collaborative Writing," Love will discuss the collaborative writing process in literature, referencing his own new co-written poetry book, "Yes, I'm Sure This Was a Beautiful Place."
The lecture will be presented at 4 p.m. April 14 in the parlor of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St. on Lafayette Square. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Volunteers are needed to help out at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home from 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when visitor traffic is heaviest.
The volunteers will greet visitors, handle admissions, conduct merchandise sales and help with tours.
Additional volunteer docents are required to keep the home open for extended hours.
The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home provides docent training and offers written narratives for reference during tours.
Meetings for potential volunteers and volunteer docents will be at 11 a.m. April 12 and 13 at the home, at 207 E. Charlton St. on Lafayette Square.
For info, call 912-233-6014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.