Janisse Ray is an environmental activist, naturalist, and writer. She has written two memoirs, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, winner of the 2000 National Book Award, and Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home; one volume of poetry, A House of Branches; and several works of nonfiction. Ray has been published in many periodicals, including Audubon, Natural History, Oprah Magazine, and The Washington Post, and commentated on NPR. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana. Ray has been a visiting professor at many universities and is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow through The Council of Independent Colleges.
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