2023 Graduate Student Paper Award Winner

McIntyre Amy

We are delighted to announce the awardees for the 2023 ASLE Graduate Student Paper Awards. These students presented their work at the 2023 conference in July, either virtually or in person in Portland, Oregon.  All recipients received a $100 prize, and the winner’s paper has been published as an article in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, now available via advanced access.



Minh Huynh Vu, “Corrugated Surrogacies: Cardboard Kinships and the War in Vietnam”

Minh Huynh Vu is a third-year Ph.D. student in American ...

Featured Panel: Latinx Environmental Activism

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

The panel “Latinx Environmental Activism,” held during the ASLE + AESS Conference: Reclaiming the Commons, marked the first time an ASLE panel was conducted in Spanish. As such, the panel addressed what entails to be an activist in Latin America: whether through visual arts, poetry, or academic research, militancy and activism varies in its scopes, approaches, and goals. Visual artist Saul Hernández, Poet Celerina Sánchez, and linguist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil (via Zoom) discussed the challenges, opportunities, and threats ingrained in activism in ...

2023 ASLE Book Award Winners

McIntyre Amy

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 ASLE Book Awards. The awards, in the categories of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, are given to recognize excellence in the field of environmental humanities. The winners will be celebrated at the Authors/Awards Reception at the 2023 Conference in Portland, OR on July 10.

Congratulations also to our short-listed authors, read more about their excellent books via this post.

Creative Book Winner:

Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures, edited by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Leora Kava, and Craig Santos Perez. ...

2023 Book Award Finalists Announced

McIntyre Amy

Judges have announced the finalists for the 2023 ASLE Book Awards. The awards, in the categories of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, were established in 2007 and have been given biennially to recognize excellence in the field.

Winners will be announced this June and celebrated at the Authors’ Reception at the 2023 Conference in Portland Oregon on July 10. These finalists are books authored or edited by ASLE and international affiliate members. Congratulations to our short-listed authors, read more about their books below.

ASLE Creative ...

Call for Submissions: ASLE Spotlight 2023

McIntyre Amy

ASLE Spotlight is as program that features the range of wonderful work our members continue to produce in the environmental humanities. The series will be offered both in live video format with audience, and in a recorded format for viewing and listening afterward, occurring monthly this fall. We presently anticipate three or four Spotlight episodes.

As in past years, each event will:

feature moderated conversations with authors/creators of work chosen for thematic coherence across diverse media such as books, films, web projects, exhibits, etc.; include both ...

Report on Fire+Water 2022 Symposium

McIntyre Amy

Last May 13, 2022, Astrida Neimanis and the FEELed Lab of the University of British Columbia Okanagan worked with Rina Garcia Chua (ASLE’s Immediate Past Diversity Co-Officer) to come together for a one-day symposium of performative workshops, embodied storytelling, and moving performances to initiate a space for creative and critical engagements with the Okanagan’s environments in the Woodhaven Eco-Culture Centre.

Fire+Water was a day meant for self-reflection, community-strengthening, and reworlding that centred Indigenous, Black, and person of colour voices in responding to the socio-cultural ...

“Transitions”: ASLE-UKI Conference CFP

McIntyre Amy

The 2023 conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI) will be hosted by the Literature and Science Hub at the University of Liverpool. ASLE-UKI welcomes participation from scholars, readers, and creative practitioners interested in the relationships between literatures, environments and cultures – past, present, or future – from anywhere in the world.

The theme of the 2023 conference is “Transitions“. Keynote speakers include: Brycchan Carey, Nandini Das, Caroline Edwards, Graeme MacDonald, Chris Pak, and Craig Santos Perez.

Please download the ...

ISLE Special Cluster on Queer and Trans Climate Futures Seeks Submissions

McIntyre Amy

Queer and Trans Climate Futures

Special Cluster for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE)

Guest Edited by Austin Lillywhite and Davy Knittle 

Call for Submissions:

How do conversations about climate futures change queer and trans studies—and, in turn, how do queer and trans studies reframe environmental humanities approaches to climate precarity? Given queer and trans studies’ twin emphases on reframing queer- and trans-phobic accusations of ontological “unnaturalness” on the one hand, and negotiating the politics of how racialized expectations of gender and sexuality shape reproductive versus ...

Planet Now! / Planeta herido: Conversation Series Features Artist Verónica Gerber Bicecci in Conversation with Gisela Heffes

Rivers Daniel

The Center for Environmental Studies at Rice University, Houston-based Literal Publishing, and Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) continue to produce their conversation series: Planet Now! / Planeta herido: una conversación. The series features interviews to Latin American writers, artists and activists, in Spanish, which are then transcribed, translated, and presented with English subtitles added. The goal of this series is to give visibility in the US to the Latin American environmental production, which would otherwise be unnoticed within an ...

2023 Environmental Literature Institute (ELI)

McIntyre Amy

ELI participants at the Robinwood Center

From Sunday, June 25 to Friday, June 30, 2023, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire will host the sixth annual Exeter Environmental Literature Institute (ELI). The five day program, offered in collaboration with ASLE, is designed to build and sustain a community of teachers interested in environmentally focused teaching and learning. ELI is open to middle, secondary and post-secondary educators from all disciplines as well as independent scholars and those working in outdoor education, community-based education, or informal education programs.

ELI ...

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