Janisse Ray

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Birthday
2, 1962
Birthplace
Georgia
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
2, 1962 (age 57)
Birthplace
Georgia

About

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.

Trivia

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.

Associated With

She and Judith Cofer both penned acclaimed childhood memoirs.