Kristin George Bagdanov
By Tova Fleming
Last spring, I had the pleasure of sitting in a jam-packed café in downtown Sacramento to celebrate the release of Kristin George Bagdanov’s debut collection of poems, Fossils in the Making. The room was filled with poets, zinesters, musicians, and friends cheering on the fifteen performers. The poetry covered a wide range of approaches and topics: wildly comical choose-your-own-adventure narratives, gnomes and “witchiness,” radishes that outshine butterflies, and Indiana nights. There were drafts of ...
Inspired by African-American Studies scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and feminist theorist Elaine Showalter, Cheryll Glotfelty set out to create the field of literature and environment. By recognizing the silence between scholars working in similar areas and seeing an opportunity for conversation, Glotfelty established conversations between people whose work had previously been isolated. In doing so she and a few like-minded friends played a pivotal role in the creation ecocriticism as we know it today.
Cheryll Glotfelty is a co-founder of ASLE and the first ...
Julianne Lutz Warren
Fellow, The Center for Humans and NatureWebsite
Julianne Warren is author of Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey, an intellectual biography tracing the historical development of Leopold’s land health concept. Her other writings explore human orientations within Earth’s community of communities to discover what may be mutually life-enhancing. Presently, Julianne is working on an interdisciplinary environmental studies text. This narrative raises questions about the emergence of the Anthropocene, movements of human responsibility, and hope for new generations of young people. Her other work-in-progress is a triptych of ...
Juan Carlos Galeano
Professor of English at the University of South FloridaWebsite
Juan Carlos Galeano was born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He is the author of Baraja Inicial (poetry, 1986), Pollen and Rifles (1997) a book on the poetry of violence, and Amazonia (poetry, 2003), Sobre las cosas (poetry, 2010), Amazonia y otros poemas (poetry, 2011), and Historias del viento (poetry, 2013). He teaches Latin American poetry and cultures of the Amazon basin at Florida State University. He is working in the Peruvian Amazon on ...
Ursula K. Heise
Department of English and the Institute of Environment & Sustainability, UCLAWebsite
Ursula K. Heise holds the Marcia H. Howard Term Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. She is co-founder and current Director of the Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). Her research and teaching focus on the environmental humanities; contemporary environmental literature, arts, and cultures in the Americas, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Vietnam; literature and science; science fiction; and narrative theory. ...
“It’s difficult to define the field of environmental studies, but I would say that it is an interdisciplinary and emerging field that is concerned with creating a sustainable and just future.”