Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. Her most recent book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, looks at what’s happening to seeds, which is to say the future of food. The book has won many awards, including the Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference, American Horticultural Society Book Award, Nautilus Gold Book Award, Garden Writers Association Gold Award, and Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award.
In 2014 Ray was awarded an honorary doctorate from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., following one from Unity College in Maine in 2007. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, where she was the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer 2014. She is a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
The author is a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at universities and colleges across the county. She lectures nationally on nature, community, agriculture, seeds, wildness, sustainability, writing, and the politics of wholeness.At home in southern Georgia, Ray lives a simple, sustainable life on Red Earth Farm with her husband and daughter. She is an organic gardener, tender of farm animals, slow-food cook, and seed-saver. She is very active in her local community.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Conversations Around the Green Fire: Janisse Ray
Janisse Ray talks with Curt Meine
Visit Janisse Ray’s website to learn more about her publications and upcoming readings and talks.