Contributor Bios

Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray is an environmental activist, naturalist, and writer. She is the author of “Pinhook,” “Wild Card Quilt,” and “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” the last of which recounts her childhood growing up in a junkyard in a poor white, fundamentalist family. “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” won the American Book Award the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. It was also chosen for the “All Georgia Reading the Same Book” project by the Georgia Center for the Book. Ray has also been a contributor to Audubon, Orion, Geogria Wildlife, National Geographic Wildlife, among other publications, 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 Forest.