Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray is a writer, naturalist and activist. She is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, recounts her experiences growing up in a junkyard, the daughter of a poor, white, fundamentalist family. Her recent works include Wild Card QuiltPinhook, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, and Drifting Into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River. Ray has also been a contributor to Audubon, Orion, and other magazines, as well as a commentator for NPR’s Living on Earth. An environmental activist, she has campaigned on behalf of the Altamaha River and the Moody Swamp.