Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray (b. 1962) is the author of six books, including the widely acclaimed memoirs Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (1999) and Wild Card Quilt (2003). Her work has been widely taught and anthologized, and has received an American Book Award, a Southern Book Critics Circle Award, a Southern Booksellers Award, and many others. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and has been awarded two honorary doctorates, one from Unity College in Maine and the other from LaGrange College in Georgia.
Ray has published many poems and essays in such magazines and newspapers as The Georgia Review, Georgia Wildlife, National Geographic Wildlife, and Orion. A nature commentator for Georgia Public Radio and a founding board member of Altamaha Riverkeeper, Ray also helped to form the Georgia Nature-Based Tourism Association and continues working to preserve the 3,400-acre Moody Forest in Appling County. She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2015.
For more information, see the article "Janisse Ray (b. 1962)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Related materials in other repositories: Janisse Ray Papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.