Who are the editors of the project?
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S U S A N C E R U L E A N
Writer and activist Susan Cerulean lives with her family in Tallahassee, Florida. She loves to encourage new writers and pull together anthologies of personal essays; her previous collections include The Book of the Everglades (Milkweed Editions, 2002) and The Wild Heart of Florida (with Jeff Ripple, University Press of Florida, 1999).
Cerulean’s latest book, a nature memoir entitled Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites, is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in 2005. Her essays have appeared in five anthologies and a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Orion, Hope, and Defenders.
J A N I S S E R A Y
Janisse Ray is an award-winning writer and political activist whose home is her family farm in south Georgia. Her memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, about growing up on a junkyard amid the vanishing longleaf pine forests of the South, was selected for All Georgia Reading the Same Book 2002. She has published in such magazines as Body and Soul, Hope, Oprah, Natural History, and Sierra. Her latest book, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home was released by Milkweed Editions in May 2003. She was the John and Renee Grisham writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi in 2003–2004.
L A U R A N E W T O N
Laura Newton is the editor of the Apalachee Review. Her poetry has been published recently in The Potomac Review, Blue Mesa Review, Thirteenth Moon, and The National Wetlands Newsletter. She completed her PhD in Poetry at Florida State University in the spring of 2004.
Who are the authors participating in the project?
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Doug Alderson, Susan Anderson, Wendell Berry, Susan Cerulean, Jim Cox, Donna Decker, Faith Eidse, Gail Fishman, John M. Hall, Julie Hauserman, Claudia Hunter Johnson, Saundra Gerrell Kelley, Kathleen Laufenberg, Monifa A. Love, D. Bruce Means, O. Victor Miller, Ann J. Morrow, Hope Nelson, Laura Newton, Sharon Rauch, Janisse Ray, Diane K. Roberts, Anne Rudloe, Jack Rudloe, Mary Jane Ryals, Michael Trammel, Crystal Wakoa, S. David Webb, Bailey White, June Wiaz
Where are our Red Hills and Gulf Coastal Lowlands bioregions located?
The Red Hills and Gulf Coastal Lowlands bioregions are bounded by winding watersheds of rivers to the east (the Aucilla) and to the west
(the Ochlockonee), both of which originate in Georgia and eventually empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The boundary between the 2 bioregions
is the Cody Scarp, where the elevation of the land drops from 215 above sea level to less than 100 feet. The Cody Scarp runs east to west
just south of the Capitol, at about the latitude of Tram Road.
To the north, the Red Hills penetrate into Georgia, including the plantation lands between Thomasville and Tallahassee, and a significant
portion of the native longleaf pine forests remaining in the United States. The rich red clay soils of the Red Hills support a mosaic
of park-like pine forests, expansive natural lakes, and hardwood hammocks. Our bioregions rests atop one of the highest recharge areas
of the Florida aquifer, the underground drinking water supply for millions of Florida and Georgia residents.
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