Janisse Ray is a writer, naturalist, and community organizer who has authored five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana as well as two honorary doctorates. She is visiting professor at numerous universities, most recently the University of Montana as the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer. Her translated work has been published in France and Turkey. In 2015, she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She is also a resident of southeast Georgia.

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From Ashes Such as These, What Can Rise? by Janisse Ray

Photos by Fred Bennett

Fred Bennett is a Jesup native who has spent his life capturing the human experience. As a sports and rock-and-roll photographer, Fred created iconic images in Athens, Georgia, in the late ’70s before moving to New York City to pursue a career in advertising photography. He returned to Georgia in 1991 to be closer to his aging parents, opening a studio in East Atlanta. He has authored two books of photography on The Westminster Schools, a preparatory school in Atlanta. He and his wife, Ansley Dalbo, live in Decatur, Georgia.