Running South in Agitation: Florida As Geographic Cure

Presented By Betty Jean Steinshouer

Ten women authors “ran south” to the Land of Flowers, from 1866 to 1998. Each was running from something. “Wars within and without” had driven them from homes, husbands, children, lovers. They each came to Florida, seeking solace and answers. Reflecting on the long haul required for the writing of Running South in Agitation, Betty Jean Steinshouer shares images, stories, and poems that could not be included in the book, Running South in Agitation, for copyright reasons. The program includes never-published material about Stowe, Woolson, Jewett, Wilder, Douglas, Rawlings, Millay, Lane, Bishop, and Lindbergh.

Betty Jean Steinshouer has been doing public programs and teacher seminars for the Florida Humanities Council since 1989 and has toured 43 other states for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Big Read program of the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Fellow in the Florida Studies program at the University of South Florida.

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