October 1, 2020

OYO, the Beautiful River: An environmental narrative in two parts

Christy Tidwell

By Mark B. Hamilton. Shanti Arts Press, 2020. 

OYO, The Beautiful River is environmental literature, a book-length sequence of lyric narratives written from a journey down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cairo, IL, in a 15-foot rowing dory. It explores the vulnerability of identity and relationships within this oftentimes polluted and quickly changing place we call home, our nation, this world. A theme of reciprocity develops between self and river, between the human and the elemental, and honors the First Nations with a ...

Alok Amatya: October 2020 Scholar of the Month

Christy Tidwell

ASLE’s Scholar of the Month for October 2020 is Alok Amatya. 

Alok Amatya is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research develops the intersections of environmental humanities, global literature, and indigenous studies, with a focus on narratives of conflict over natural resources. His work has appeared in Environmental Humanities and Modern Fiction Studies.

How did you become interested in studying ecocriticism and/or the environmental humanities?

My work in the environmental humanities ...