Janisse Ray: 2018 Writer in Residence

Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray is an American writer whose subject most often falls into the borderland of nature and culture. She has published five books of nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. Ray has won an American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, Southern Bookseller Awards, Southern Environmental Law Center Writing Awards, and Eisenberg Award, among others. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood  (2000), was a New York Times Notable Book. Ray has been inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Her publications include a memoir, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home (2003), nonfiction books, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food (2012), Drifting into Darien: a Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River (2011), Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land  (2005), Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf (2004), and one book of poetry, A House of Branches (2010).  Red Lanterns, her second book of poetry, is forthcoming in Spring 2021.