ASLE News

The Pond in the Park: An Indic Tale on Southeast Asian Spiritualisms and Ecology

ASLE member Uma Jayaraman has made a video of a performance that she also gave at the 2015 ASLE Conference as part of the panel entitled “Resistances and Emergences.” “The Pond in the Park” is set in present day Singapore, and focuses on human estrangement from Nature. This eco-spiritual tale is narrated in the amalgamated styles of Dastaan and Kathakaalakshebam, two ancient forms of popular storytelling in South Asian cultures. Jayaraman is a creative writer and artist, who has scripted and directed six ...

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 ...

2015 ASLE Conference Seminars & Workshops

At our upcoming 2015 Biennial Conference in Idaho, ASLE will hold eight workshops and seminars on important and emerging topics that reflect the diversity of our approaches and our membership.  Six pre-conference seminars and workshops will be held on Tuesday, June 23 and two mid-conference workshops offered on Friday, June 26, at the same time as the field trips. The cost is $15, payable during online registration. Each will be limited to 15 participants.  Due to limited spaces, you must pre-register for these ...

ASLE Announces New Honorary Members

ASLE extended honorary memberships to three amazing women in 2014. Recipients were chosen for this honor, which includes lifetime membership in ASLE and all its benefits, because of their contributions to ASLE and/or literature and environmental studies. They have significantly enriched those familiar with their work, and their exemplary careers as artists, advocates, and environmental role models has inspired us all.  The new inductees will be honored at the opening reception of our 2015 biennial conference at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ...

ASLE Welcomes Newly Elected Vice President and Executive Council Members

Mark Long, ASLE President

Sarah Jaquette Ray

We are pleased to announce the winners of our recent officer elections. Sarah Jaquette Ray (Humboldt State University) will serve as the 2015-16 Vice President. Sarah’s many contributions to ASLE include serving as an ASLE Graduate Student Liaison from 2009-2011 and as host of the 2012 ASLE off-year symposium “Environment, Culture and Place in a Rapidly Changing North” at the University of Southeast Alaska in Juneau, Alaska. In addition, Sarah has for the past two years served on the ASLE ...

A New ASLE Mission and Strategic Plan

Mark Long, ASLE President

Since the ASLE Strategic Plan was approved in 2009 our association has strengthened its organizational structure, enhanced the disciplinary and demographic diversity of our membership, and reaffirmed the core values of equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Following a review of the 2009 Plan at the officers retreat this past spring, and discussions over the summer and fall, the Executive Council of ASLE has approved the 2014 Strategic Plan.

The 2014 Plan includes a new mission statement for our association:

The mission of the Association for the ...