Janisse Ray is an American writer and naturalist born in Baxley, Georgia. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, recounts her experiences growing up in a junkyard, the daughter of a poor, white, fundamentalist family. Her recent works include Wild Card Quilt and Pinhook. Ray has also been a contributor to Audubon, Orion, and other magazines, as well as a commentator for NPR’s Living on Earth. An environmental activist, she has campaigned on behalf of the Altamaha River and the Moody Swamp.
Frequent fliers of the world take note: redemption aplenty awaits those who ride the rails.
Even the so-called choir seems to be failing at making great strides toward sustainability.
Motivated by peak oil and climate change, as well as good common sense, Orion readers envision a better future and move toward it. Read their stories in Orion's newest department, Making Other Arrangements.
What we do when dissent is no longer someone else's job.
Even as the forests of her homeland are ground into woodchips and shipped across the globe, a native Georgian glimpses a wild world that once was, and dares to dream of restoration.