ASLE-Sponsored Off-Year Symposia in 2016

In addition to our biennial conference, ASLE sponsors smaller regional symposia in our non-conference years. We are delighted to support two events in 2016, one in New Mexico and one in New York state.  Full descriptions and calls for papers can be found at the Affiliated Symposia page.

The Heart of the Gila: Wilderness and Water in the West

June 8-11, 2016 Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM Call for Papers (PDF)

Letting our location be our guide in focusing the theme, the Gila Wilderness was established ...

2015 ASLE Grants Awarded

ASLE is proud to announce the winners of our ASLE grants in three categories. Community Grants seek to support projects that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based environmental organizations working outside the academy. Translation Grants were established in order to support work in ecocriticism from international scholars and to expand exchanges across cultures and continents. Book/Article/Media Project Subvention Grants were created to support innovative projects in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. This is the second year of a three-year ...

ASLE 2017 Conference Location and Dates Announced

ASLE is very pleased to announce that our next Biennial Conference will be held at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, from June 20-25, 2017.  We look forward to visiting this revitalized and dynamic city.  The organizing team from Wayne State University will partner with faculty from nearby Oakland University and The University of Michigan to bring the richest and fullest experience possible to attendees.  Look for a Call for Papers next summer, and more details here at the web site as they ...

Community Grant Report from Backyard Harvest

In 2014-2015, The University of Idaho’s Department of English and local nonprofit organization Backyard Harvest, Inc. (BYH) received a $5,000 Community Grant from ASLE. They worked together to articulate explicit, compelling connections between local food systems, food security, and environmental justice and sustainability.

The grant assisted BYH in enhancing its communication effectiveness and outreach to the local community. The funding allowed them to hire Jake McGinnis, a graduate student enrolled in the University of Idaho’s English department, who worked with Backyard Harvest to develop ...

ASLE 2015 Conference Keynote Talks Now Online

ASLE’s Eleventh Biennial Conference, entitled “Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice,” was held June 23-27, 2015 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.  We were able to record several of the keynote talks, and the videos are now available for viewing online.

Anna Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. The author of Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, she is also a leader of ...

ASLE Book and Paper Award Winners Announced

ASLE is very excited to announce the winners of the 2015 ASLE Book Awards. The awards, in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, recognize excellence in the field. The official presentation of certificates and $500 cash prizes will take place during the Authors’ Reception at the 2015 ASLE Biennial Conference at the University of Idaho, on Wednesday, June 25, 2015.

Creative Book Award Winner:

Subduction Zone (Pedlar Press, 2014) by Emily McGiffin

Judges said of her book:

“McGiffin’s poetry ...

Update from ASLE-UKI

By Adeline Johns-Putra, Chair, ASLE-UKI, University of Surrey

2014 has been another busy year for ASLE (UK and Ireland). We ran a major ASLE-UKI conference in Ireland for the first time, with our postgraduate conference hosted by University College Dublin in July 2014 and ably organised by our postgraduate representatives Michael Paye of UCD and Emma Curran of the University of Surrey. The conference theme was ‘Locating Ecocriticism: Systems, Methodologies, Contexts’. Keynote speakers gave eloquent and insightful lectures on post-colonial ecologies (Pablo Mukherjee from ...

Update from ASLE-Japan

By Ikue Kina, ASLE-Japan Liaison, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa

The International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA), held last year on November 21-23 in Okinawa, was a great success, with more than 80 participants from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the U.S., and Australia. As a local conference organizer, I still recall the warm, subtropical weather in Okinawa in November and my pleasant excitement of greeting participants I had only met online and finally seeing them in person. When they ...

Finalists for 2015 ASLE Book Awards Announced

Judges have announced the finalists for the 2015 ASLE Book Awards. The ASLE book awards in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing recognize excellence in the field.

Winners will be announced in early June, and the official presentation will be at the Eleventh ASLE Biennial Conference, to be held at the University of Idaho from June 23-27, 2015. Eligible submissions were books published by ASLE and affiliate members in 2013 and 2014.  Congratulations to our short-listed authors:

Creative Award Finalists:


Bitten: My Unexpected Love ...

ASLE Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 ASLE Biennial Conference, from June 23-27, 2015 in Moscow, Idaho. The conference registration fee is $150 if received by May 1st and $175 if received after that date. Discounted fees of $75 and $100 are available for students, independents, and retired persons.  Please visit the Registration Page of the conference website for full instructions, policies, and links to register.

All presenters must be members of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and/or one of ...