Janisse Ray is an American writer whose subject is often nature. She earned an MFA from the University of Montana and has published five books of nonfiction and two collections of eco-poetry. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, is a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the severely diminished longleaf pine ecosystem. It was named a New York Times Notable Book. Ray has won a Pushcart Prize, an American Book Award, and a Southern Environmental Law Center Writing Award, among others. A collection of essays, Wild Spectacle, is forthcoming from Trinity University Press in October 2021. Ray lives on an organic farm in Georgia.