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Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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University of Georgia Press and Avid Bookshop present A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia featuring authors Holly Haworth, Sandra Meek, Janisse Ray, and William Wright. This event will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 6:30-7:30pm at our Prince Avenue location and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the authors!


Getting acquainted with local flora and fauna is the perfect way to begin to understand the wonder of nature. The natural environment of Southern Appalachia, with habitats that span the Blue Ridge to the Cumberland Plateau, is one of the most biodiverse on earth. A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia--a hybrid literary and natural history anthology--showcases sixty of the many species indigenous to the region.

Ecologically, culturally, and artistically, Southern Appalachia is rich in paradox and stereotype-defying complexity. Its species range from the iconic and inveterate--such as the speckled trout, pileated woodpecker, copperhead, and black bear--to the elusive and endangered--such as the American chestnut, Carolina gorge moss, chucky madtom, and lampshade spider. The anthology brings together art and science to help the reader experience this immense ecological wealth.

Stunning images by seven Southern Appalachian artists and conversationally written natural history information complement contemporary poems from writers such as Ellen Bryant Voigt, Wendell Berry, Janisse Ray, Sean Hill, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Deborah A. Miranda, Ron Rash, and Mary Oliver. Their insights illuminate the wonders of the mountain South, fostering intimate connections. The guide is an invitation to get to know Appalachia in the broadest, most poetic sense.


Holly Haworth's work has been listed as notable in The Best American Travel Writing and featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. She was the recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. Her work appears in Orion, Oxford American, Lapham's Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, and at the On Being radio program blog. She is a native of the Great Smoky Mountains and holds a certificate as a Southern Appalachian Naturalist. She currently lives on Big Creek in Winterville, Georgia.

Janisse Ray is an American writer whose subject is often nature. She is author of five books of literary nonfiction as well as a volume of eco-poetry, A House of Branches. A second collection, Red Lanterns, is due out in 2020. The author lives in southern Georgia on an organic farm near the confluence of the Altamaha and Ohoopee rivers.

William Wright teaches creative writing and literature at Oxford College of Emory University and poetry writing at Reinhardt University. He is author of seven full-length published and forthcoming books of poems, including Grass Chapels: New and Selected Poems from Mercer UP (forthcoming in 2020); Specter Mountain (Mercer UP, 2018); Tree Heresies (Mercer UP, 2015), and Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). Wright is series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, a multivolume series celebrating contemporary poetry of the American South, published by Texas Review Press and now in its eighth volume (Texas), as well as The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (with Daniel Westover, Clemson UP, 2016). Wright is the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year from the Georgia Writers Association, and his fifth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology was listed as “20 books all Georgians should read” by the Georgia Center for the Book.

More author bios to come.

A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book #38) Cover Image
By Rose McLarney (Editor), Laura-Gray Street (Editor), L. L. Gaddy (Editor)
ISBN: 9780820356242
Availability: In our warehouse - should ship in 2-5 business days.
Published: University of Georgia Press - October 15th, 2019

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