Fiery Gizzard: Voices from the Wilderness is the latest in a series of occasional publications of the Sewanee Herbarium, Authored and illustrated by herbarium curator Mary Priestley, the book is a series of essays about a section of the South Cumberland State Park that includes and surrounds the Big Fiery Gizzard Creek, its tributaries, and the waters that it feeds.
The essays follow the natural and cultural history of the gorge and the people who have lived there. According to Professor Jon Evans, Assistant Provost for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and Director of the Herbarium, “It is not easy to convey a sense of place through one’s writing. Mary has this gift, and through her narrative and marvelous illustrations, the Gizzard comes alive.”
Fiery Gizzard is a favorite destination for many who live on or visit the plateau, including Sewanee faculty and students. The hike to Sycamore Falls for a splash in the swimming hole is an experience shared by hundreds of people who cherish Sewanee and its environs.
A book signing will take place 3:00-4:30 PM Friday, December 12, at the University Book and Supply Store in Sewanee . Fiery Gizzard: Voices from the Wilderness is also available through amazon.com. Proceeds from the sale go to support the work of the Sewanee Herbarium.