Jessica Carew Kraft

Author of Why We Need to Be Wild, (Sourcebooks, 2023). Editor, Artist, Mother

I’ve always been a writer and an artist, but my subjects keep changing. My first non-fiction book, Why We Need to Be Wild, is out from Sourcebooks in August 2023. It’s about my journey to learn from people who reject the comforts and convenience of civilization to live in nature using pre-historic tools and skills. Weaving tales of my own Paleolithic adventures with the latest scientific knowledge about human pre-history, I explore what motivates rewilders to adopt an extreme lifestyle, why they believe wild skills are an urgent priority during digital transformation and climate change, and how we can all benefit from the wisdom of early humans. Writing this book completely changed my life, and I hope reading it might spark your own wild transformation.