Fran Ransley

Fran Ransley grew up in south central Wisconsin and joined the great hippie migration to California at the age of twenty-two. She has lived in and loved the diversity and beauty of the Northern California landscape for 53 years, 44 years of which were lived in Lake County. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and has written and performed her work at poetry and music events in Lake, Sonoma, Yolo, and Mendocino counties since the early 1970s. Her poetry and essays have appeared in local and regional papers, magazines and anthologies as well as publications with wider circulation. In 1999, she was awarded a grant to participate as a writer in Bioregional residence with the University of California Davis Putah-Cache Bioregion Project. She has published a memoir, “This House Protected by Poverty,” about her life as a single-parent-dirt-farmer in rural Northern California.

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