Janisse Ray

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Date of Birth February 2, 1962
Place of Birth Georgia
Age 58 years old
Horoscope Aquarius

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Janisse Ray is an American writer, naturalist, and environmental activist.

Born: February 2, 1962, Baxley GA, USA
Occupation: Professor, environmental activist
Language: English
Nationality: USA
Citizenship: USA
Education: BA, Florida State, 1984, MFA, Montana, 1997
Period: Contemporary
Genre: memoirs
Subject: nature
Notable works: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
Notable awards: American Book Award, Southern Book Critics Circle Award, Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern environment
Spouse: Raven Waters
Children: Skye

About Janisse Ray

Perhaps most famous for her American Book Award-winning memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (2000), Ray is also known for her 2010 poetry collection A House of Branches and for her 2005 nonfiction work Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land.

Before Fame

After briefly attending North Georgia College, she completed her bachelor's degree at Florida State University and went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana.


An environmental activist as well as an author, she penned nature-themed pieces for Orion and Audubon magazines and also contributed to the NPR program Living on Earth.

Family Life

The child of impoverished Christian fundamentalists Franklin and Lee Ada Ray, she grew up in Baxley, Georgia. She later gave birth to a son named Silas Ausable.


She and Judith Cofer both penned acclaimed childhood memoirs.

Information related to Janisse Ray

  • Chatham University faculty
  • American nature writers
  • Writers from Georgia (U.S. state)
  • Women science writers
  • American naturalists
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Latest information about Janisse Ray updated on January 15, 2021.

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