Flo Paris Oakes is a freelance writer, author, and songwriter whose passions include good food (both eating and making), storytelling, conservation, and especially the convergence of all three.

Flo grew up in Paso Robles, California, surrounded by oak groves and vineyards. In 1998, at age seventeen, she published her first article in Victoria Magazine and blew all the money on CDs before taking a detour as a musician.

Ten years later, Flo, along with her husband and two small daughters, left the central coast California for the rolling hills of Tennessee where she continued her music career.

When her youngest daughter started kindergarten in 2011, Flo returned to college where she studied environmental science, fiction writing, and agrarian literature in between shuttling her children school, cooking dinner, and singing “You are my Sunshine” many dozens of times a day.

In May of 2015, Flo graduated from Lipscomb University with honors, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies with concentrations in both Sustainability and English.

Flo writes for Nashville A Rocha and contributes frequently to Art House America. She also writes and develops ecology curricula for children’s nature camps across Nashville focusing on ecology, biodiversity, and ornithology. In 2012, Flo began homeschooling her children and wrote about her experience daily on her blog, 180 Days.

Flo lives in East Nashville with her backyard-farming husband, one bird watching pre-teen, one aspiring ballerina, and their parakeet, Kiwi.