Janet Biehl (1953—) is an author, copy editor, and graphic artist living in Burlington, Vermont. In the late 1980s she was heavily involved with the Burlington Greens and the Left Green Network, and for more than two decades was involved with popularizing and developing the theory and politics of social ecology.
From 1987 to 2000 she published and, together with Murray Bookchin, co-edited Left Green Perspectives. She was on the first editorial board of our journal Communalism. She has written on libertarian municipalism and a range of critiques of deep ecology, ecofeminism, and far-right tendencies. Biehl no longer considers herself part of the social ecology movement, but her writings remain a source of inspiration.
Her books include Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics (1991) and The Politics of Social Ecology: Libertarian Municipalism (1997; on which a series of international conferences was based). She also edited The Murray Bookchin Reader (1997) and has written several articles on Bookchin’s life and thought for our publications. Biehl was Bookchin’s partner and collaborator and is currently working on his political biography.